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Can Walmart Help With Healthy Eating?

Big business and politicians aren't strangers, but when the First Lady and Walmart, the world's largest retailer, stand together and announce a plan...

Coming to America: U.S. Cities Attract More Global Tourists

Nearly 60 million foreigners visited the U.S. in 2010. Where did they go? The most popular destinations included New York, Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. The Big Apple is particularly appealing, drawing a record 48.7 million, big-spending foreign tourists.

Five cheap holiday destinations

Getting away for the winter holidays provides a break from family tradition -- and tension. Who stresses about gifts while taking in a new museum or...

Presidential Escape: Who Bought Obama's Ford Hybrid?

The recent winning bidder for a low-mileage 2008 Ford Escape hybrid may have gotten more than he or she bargained for -- especially if it's dark gray in color. It seems that matches the description of the vehicle President Barack Obama drove prior to his bid to become president of the United States.

Rising Suburban Poverty Challenges the Safety Net

While the Great Recession caused the U.S. poverty rate to hit a 15-year peak, a longer trend has seen suburban poverty increasing. According to a new report, the recession only exacerbated the problem, with social safety nets providing fewer services to meet the rising need.

25 most dangerous neighborhoods 2010

For the second year in a row, using exclusive data developed by Dr. Andrew Schiller's team at NeighborhoodScout.com, and based on FBI data from all...

Wal-Mart Planning to Enter Convenience Store Market

Wal-Mart (WMT) is planning to enter the market for local convenience stores in large cities, The Financial Times reported. Wal-Mart, America%u2019s largest retailer, is looking at property for smaller-format stores in urban areas including San Francisco and Detroit.

Chicago's Next Mayor Could Find City Coffers Almost Empty

Chicago%u2019s next mayor may will find the city%u2019s coffers almost empty after Richard M. Daley dipped into reserves to balance this year%u2019s budget. The city expects a $654.7 million deficit for 2011, Bloomberg News reported. Daley balanced this year%u2019s budget partly with reserves. If he uses funds from leasing parking meters, garages and a toll road to fill the 2011 gap, the city will be left with only $121 million.

Wheat Rises as Russia Extends Ban, Mozambique Strike Continues

Wheat prices rose after Russia extended an export ban on grains and high food prices prompted a strike in Mozambique. Wheat for December delivery rose as high as $7.2475 a bushel in Chicago trading, Bloomberg News reported. Russia, crippled by drought and wildfires in crop-growing areas, said Thursday that its ban on grain exports would last until after the next harvest.

Wal-Mart winning over Chicago

Wal-Mart's battle to breach big cities is actually beginning to bear fruit. The behemoth's years-long attempt to open stores in Chicago is finally...

In Vegas, the Taxi Game Is Rigged Against Plastic

Credit cards will take a traveler a long way in our cashless society -- as long as that traveler isn't trying to take a cab in Las Vegas. Taxis remain among the last holdouts in U.S. society's transition to plastic, a lesson travel writer Randy Diamond has learned the hard way.

ShoreBank Wins Friends on Wall Street, Critics in Washington

ShoreBank reportedly raised $150 million from Goldman Sachs Group, GE Capital and Citigroup, and some Congressional Republicans are questioning whether politics played a role in the decision of such large firms to assist such a small bank on the South Side of Chicago.