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  • Jerry Brown on Monday for last-minute vetoes of bills that could have brought sweeping change to the state's large foreign-born population. They said signing those bills could have further distinguished California as immigrant-friendly compared to states such as Arizona and Alabama, which have been cracking down on illegal immigration.

  • CoreLogic, a private real estate data provider, also said Tuesday that prices rose 0.3 percent in August from July, the sixth straight monthly gain. Housing prices are rising in most areas, according to CoreLogic.

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Alabama Power's agreements to purchase wind-generated power put it among the leading investor-owned utilities in the Southeast to pursue the renewable source, a national organization said.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court plunged into its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities. Cases involving some of the most emotional issues in American life are likely to be decided after voters choose a president and new Congress next month.

  • Barrett, president and CEO of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., in Montgomery, Ala., was elected during the group's meeting in Naples on Monday. The new treasurer is Gregg K. Jones, president and CEO of Jones Media in Greeneville, Tenn. He's co-publisher of The Greenville Sun.

  • TVA said contractors will begin work this week to replace 108 sirens and add four more in its nuclear plant emergency zone in Bradley and Hamilton counties. TVA has done similar siren work at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala., and plans an upgrade at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City. TVA says it's investing $7 million in the project.

  • COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas Inc. said Monday that it has bought 16 theaters for $19 million in cash, part of Carmike's push to expand through acquisitions. The theater chain bought the theaters, which have 251 screens, from Rave Reviews Cinemas LLC, which is owned by investment firm BV Investment Partners.

  • As the government closed the books Sunday with a $1.1 trillion deficit for the year, which required borrowing 32 cents for every dollar it spent, budget analysts have little confidence in either man's plan to address the accumulating debt, now at about $16 trillion.

  • WASHINGTON-- The Supreme Court opened its new term Monday with a high-stakes dispute between businesses and human rights groups over accountability for foreign atrocities.

  • Total Returns: 10,995,576Returns With Income Tax Liability: 6,760,829Returns With No Income Tax Liability: 4,234,747Nonpayers: 38.5%According to Kasprak, Texas doesn’t rank very high in terms of the factors that contribute to high populations of nonpayers. It is, however, second in the nation in terms of recipients receiving refundable child tax credits.“This indicates a higher-than-normal percentage of low-income people choosing to have children,” he said. “So that is likely a big part of the n

    Mitt Romney said "There are 47 percent of the people who pay no income tax." Who are these people, and why are they exempt? Click to see which states have the highest number of people who pay no federal income tax.

  • The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of

  • Airbus Announces $600 Million US Plant

    Airbus is planning to build the A320 plane at its new plant in Mobile, Alabama by 2016, and the plant will also employ 1,000 people. CNBC's Phil LeBeau has the details.

  • Airbus Brings Jobs to America

    Sources say the European plane maker is planning to build its first U.S. plant in Mobile, Alabama, reports CNBC's Phil LeBeau.

  • Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • Ron Paul's Fight to the Finish

    "There are four of us in the race and of course, Romney looks like he's ahead, but he's far from having it won", says Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX), discussing his hopes for big wins in Alabama and Mississippi today and why he intends to fight on through the GOP primary race.

  • Race for the GOP Nomination

    Can Rick Santorum continue to gain momentum in Tuesday's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi? Discussing why he thinks Mitt Romney will win the Republican nomination, with Tim Pawlenty, fmr. Governor, (R-MN).

  • With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

  • Leaders in Alabama's most populous county will meet later Thursday to consider filing what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.


    Alabama's largest county is laying the groundwork for filing what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, over a more than $3 billion debt for its sewer system.