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Stuck With a House That Can't Be Sold

Even though the housing market is improving, some owners with troubled properties won't see relief anytime soon.

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Finding the Right Price for Water

Economists say that the resource is currently too cheap. Will dry conditions finally help give the issue the political clout necessary to charge more?

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The Economics of California's Drought

What happens when the country's largest state runs low on water?

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Manual Labor, All Night Long: The Reality of Paying for College

A UPS program in Louisville gives students free tuition for working the third shift, but at what cost?

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Staying Close to Home, No Matter What

Fewer than half of Americans say they're likely to relocate, even if they think their town is headed in the wrong direction.

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Americans Prefer Their Solutions Locally Sourced

Recent battles over national politics, government spending, and the future of the country has left many disillusioned with federal policies.

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What Do Americans Prioritize When Picking a Place to Live?

According to a new poll, economic mobility and diversity are key components of a good city or town.

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How Do Americans Feel About Where They Live?

The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll asked Americans to assess the cities and towns they call home.

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A New Life for Dead Malls

Developers have had to get creative when it comes to salvaging America's failing shopping centers, turning them into hospitals, churches, and even parks.

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The Puzzling Geography of Workers' Compensation

In Pennsylvania, losing an eye on the job warrants as much as $261,525. In Alabama, it can only get you $27,280.

Reuters/Molly Riley

What 27 Weeks of Unemployment Does to the American Worker

Though the economy is improving, a third of those still looking for work have been jobless for more than six months.

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When the Path to Homeownership Runs Through Public Housing

A federal government program is trying to turn our nation of low-income renters into future homeowners by helping them build up savings accounts.

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$350 Million Might Not Be Enough to Save Las Vegas

Spending millions to revitalize a struggling portion of the city might seem like a good bet, but the current effort led by a billionaire CEO is facing major challenges.

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A Farewell to Mallrats

Malls around the country are closing, leaving teens with one fewer place to just be.

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This Start-Up Helps Freelancers Get Mortgages

Privlo wants to become the go-to lender for the self-employed and others whose incomes aren't tied to traditional jobs.

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Why the Gap Between Worker Pay and Productivity Is So Problematic

Labor has become more efficient and profitable, but employees aren't sharing in the benefits.

Reuters/Edgar Su

How 14,000 Workers Managed to Slow Down the Entire Economy

Longshoremen play an indispensable role in getting 90 percent of consumer goods into the country—and they know how to use that to their advantage.

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Why Are Developers Still Building Sprawl?

Boomers and Millennials say they want to live in compact, walkable developments, but builders are putting their money into suburban McMansions.

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Minneapolis's White Lie

Despite being applauded by many, the "miraculous" prosperity of the Twin Cities is only a reality for a certain slice of their population.