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France's Macaron King Sets Out to Conquer America

The macaron is a filled cookie about the diameter of a half dollar coin that has become a foodie currency in its own right in recent years. It's simple in concept, but near impossible to get right -- and for the first time, the French bakery and tearoom that made them famous is opening a U.S. boutique. So, let them eat cake!

10 Most Popular U.S. Summer Vacation Cities

When it's time for some R&R in the sun, Americans have a wealth of options. But based on summertime hotel room rentals, which one takes the crown? Orlando with its theme parks? New York with its culture? Washington with it's history? L.A. with its beaches? None of the above. Curious? Read on ...

Home Exchanges: Why Pay When You Can Swap?

Summer is around the corner, but vacation budgets for many families are tight. Still, a bit of belt-tightening doesn't have to mean giving up your dream vacation if you're able to escape the costs of a hotel and car rental. Now could be the time to take a leap of faith and try a home exchange or swap.

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...

Why Happy Meals Toys are Controversial in California

Forget California's huge budget deficits, high unemployment levels and nasty political campaigns. One of the most polarizing issues in the Golden State today is about a proposal to ban Happy Meals toys in San Francisco.

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.

Microsoft to Unveil New Version of Internet Explorer

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) will unveil its new version of Internet Explorer as it tries to stem losses in the browser%u2019s market share. Microsoft will unveil the test version of Internet Explorer 9 in San Francisco, Bloomberg News reported. The new version will load pages faster and support HTML 5 technology.

Cities Jack Up Fees, but Deficits Are Here to Stay

As local budget deficits grow ever larger, cities across the U.S. are imposing new fees and penalties to cover the gap. But as San Francisco demonstrates, higher hotel taxes and ticket fees can't erase deficits that reach into the hundreds of millions.

NY Times Expands Growth Plans, Despite Ad Woes

No wonder The New York Times is so anxious to start getting readers to open their wallets. In the fourth quarter of 2009, when other huge newspaper companies were experiencing a mild turnaround, The New York Times Co. recorded a 14.7% drop in advertising revenue, according to its year-end earnings report.

Homeless, Thanks to the Great Recession

Mike is an aspiring Web developer, but he and his family ended up homeless in San Francisco after he lost a job and an emergency loan from a relative fell through. Now living in temp housing with his wife and two kids, he's still looking for work nearly a year after his last job. Here's his story, the fourth in a DailyFinance series highlighting the economic downturn's often-unseen human toll.