Nation

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

More than 500 foreign nationals have been arrested this year attempting to enter the western U.S. by sea--a new trend in human smuggling, officials say. Tiny boats leave Mexico at night and drop their cargo on mainland and offshore-island beaches as far north as Ventura County, California, 200 miles from the border.

HOUSING

The New Teardowns

Banks have a new foreclosure fix: bulldozers. Bank of America is demolishing 100 repossessed homes in Cleveland and donating the land to the city. Similar deals are being struck elsewhere. Fewer homes might revive prices, says economist Thomas Lawler. "It's the right thing...