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  • FACTBOX-Best places to retire, by the numbers Thursday, 22 May 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Dinner for two at Sioux Falls' Minerva's: $62- $120. Dinner for two at Salt Lake City's Pago: $62- $120. Dinner for two at Richmond's Acacia: $62- $120.

  • Odds are you guessed Florida, or maybe Arizona- two sunny states that have long been popular with the senior set. Lois O'Grady lives in Vermillion, South Dakota. But the region has another thing going for it: South Dakota was recently named the best state to retire in the nation, handily defeating retiree hot spots like Florida.

  • NEW YORK, May 4- Rail car makers, little-known winners of the North American energy boom, are capturing the attention of fund managers and regulators alike.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an abrupt election-year shift in strategy, opened the possibility on Tuesday of allowing a vote on congressional approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline.

  • WASHINGTON, April 29- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday left open the possibility of voting on legislation forcing the approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline that would link Canada's oil sands to refineries in Texas. The Senate is expected to debate the efficiency bill this week.

  • Haunted home on sale for an unfrightening $144,000 Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 4:22 PM ET
    Ad for a "Slightly Haunted" home on Zillow

    In the listing for his 1901 Victorian house, Greg Leeson is asking for $144,000, but he adds that the house is "slightly haunted," NBC reports.

  • Thinning blue line: Police cuts cripple cities Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 8:56 AM ET
    In crisis: Trenton police on patrol in the Garden State's capitol

    Wider efforts to rebuild America's deeply depressed cities can't succeed until public safety is restored.

  • The new city economy Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 9:45 AM ET
    Ford Motor Co. said it will invest $200 million to make four-cylinder engines at the Ford Motor Co. Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio.

    Even struggling metros are having success in attracting investment. In the process, they are creating a virtuous cycle of creativity.

  • How Orlando and Phoenix are making a comeback Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:47 AM ET
    Orlando, Florida

    These sunshine cities have focused their efforts on developing new industry niches to strengthen their local economies and promote future growth.

  • Miami vice: Shady muni deals cripple cities Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 | 8:00 AM ET

    The ebbing economic tide from the Great Recession revealed some of the worst swindles in municipal finance in decades.

  • Is the muni bond market about to blow up? Tuesday, 19 Nov 2013 | 9:26 AM ET
    Detroit city grate is missing a cover. With cut backs to city services, Detroit's infrastructure has fallen into disrepair.

    Detroit's bankruptcy, and rumblings about tax overhaul, have fueled a big sell off in the municipal bond market. What's next?

  • Behind the scenes: 'Critical Condition' US tour Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:34 AM ET
    Home of Charles Lang Freer, Detroit railroad car manufacturer.

    Visit any American city and it doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to see where its greatness came from—however faded it may seem to be.

  • This small city is full of big surprises Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:15 AM ET
    Market Street Bridge and the Tennessee Aquarium.

    Chattanooga has made a comeback over the last 5 years thanks to investing in high-speed broadband. In the process, it has wooed $4 billion in foreign investment.

  • America's cities are on the edge, and hard to fix Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 8:09 AM ET
    A construction crew fixing aging water pipes in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Federal and state funding cutbacks are challenging Main Street. The future of America is at stake since cities contribute more than 90 percent to GDP.

  • Damage to city budgets: Some was self-inflicted Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    View of downtown Oakland, California.

    Interest rate swaps - sold as a way to save money on public financing - have turned into municipal bombs.

  • The state of urban America: A tale of two cities Monday, 18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 AM ET
    Lawrence Payne walks past two abandoned houses on September 4, 2013 in the Six Mile Gratiot neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan.

    The head of the National Urban League outlines a plan to close the economic divide that's crippling U.S. cities.

  • Keystone fight: US landowners vs. Canada oil giant Friday, 25 Oct 2013 | 12:05 PM ET
    Part of TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline under construction in Atoka., Okla., in March 2013.

    Western landowners are crying foul as they go through easement negotiations with energy giant TransCanada over the Keystone XL pipeline.

  • What you won’t see in a Chris Christie campaign ad Saturday, 13 Jul 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

    New Jersey’s standing in America's Top States for Business has declined since Gov. Chris Christie took office in 2010. It finishes 42nd this year.

  • Biggest losers in the top states rankings Friday, 12 Jul 2013 | 9:51 AM ET
    Chicago, Illinois

    New Hampshire, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and California fill out the list with the biggest drops in our America's Top States for Business rankings for 2013.

  • Is 'right to work' law a competitive advantage? Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 | 12:03 PM ET
    A worker makes denim jeans in Michigan.

    Unions say right-to-work laws infringe on workers’ collective bargaining rights, and proponents call for a federal law as opposed to the current patchwork of state statutes.