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  • View of downtown Oakland, California.

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

  • 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.

  • The cheapest gas in America

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reveals where consumers can find the cheapest gas in the nation.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Traffic in Hawaii.

    Life's not always a beach in Hawaii: The Aloha State is ranked as America's Worst State for Business in America 2013.

  • An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

    More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

  • South Dakota soars to the top spot in CNBC's annual survey of the Top States for Business. What other surprises are in store?

  • ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Minnesota Republicans called for the immediate repeal of a just-approved tax on commercial warehousing on Thursday, but the demand was met with skepticism from top Democrats who noted that lawmakers have nearly a year to revise or scrap the tax before it takes effect.

  • A welder builds parts for finished petroleum tanks at Southern Tank and Manufacturing in Owensboro, Kentucky.

    Which are the top states for the creation manufacturing jobs? Here's the countdown.

  • An Alpha Oil & Gas crew building a 10-inch gas pipeline near Watford City, N.D.

    When we launched Top States for Business in 2007, North Dakota was nowhere on the list. Now it's growth and employment numbers are the envy of the nation.

  • Wal-Mart said on Tuesday it would pay nearly $81.63 million to the federal government, pleading guilty to charges that it improperly discarded hazardous waste.

  • CNBC has been ranking all 50 states for competitiveness since 2007. This year's report comes as states continue to get back in fighting shape—fighting for jobs, that is.

  • CNBC scores all U.S. states on 55 measures of competitiveness and 10 categories, from the cost of doing business to technology and innovation.

  • Octavio Castillo paddles a boat down a street to reach his cousin's home in Des Plaines, Ill., on April 19.

    Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in "major flood stage" through this weekend, as more rain and snow fell on much of the Midwest. NBC News reports.

  • Residents of Des Plaines walk down a flooded sidewalk on a residential street in Des Plaines, Illinois.

    Flooding from torrential rainfall Friday continued to test the resolve of flood fighters as they attempted to hold back the raging waters from the Mississippi River threatening many Midwest communities.

  • Baseball-sized hail was reported in northern Florida, along with possible tornadoes, while heavy snow in Colorado and Kansas delayed flights and shut down part of Interstate-70. A crash involving up to 50 vehicles closed part of Interstate-25 near Loveland, Colorado, north of Denver.

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    McDonald's popular $1 McDouble cheeseburger, which has lured customers to the Golden Arches since 2008, is getting hard to sustain as rising beef prices threaten the company's profit margin.

  • Austin, Texas

    Every day, about 10 Kansas City Southern trains hauling everything from cars to chemicals crisscross the border between Mexico and the United States at Laredo, Texas, up from about six three years ago.