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Cities are starting to update a critical public service: on-street parking. Washington, D.C. is in the vanguard of this new parking shift. Officials are working with private companies -- trying out five different technologies to collect parking revenue.
Gold prices continue to soar and the precious metal is a favored investment of notables ranging from George Soros to TV talk show host Glenn Beck. That's led to a gold rush in places like the Rattlesnake Hills of Wyoming.
Village life in Britain is under threat, with the closure of the pubs and stores that form the center of small communities. In the Oxfordshire village of Appleton, local people have set up their own "community shop" staffed and managed by volunteers. The British government is introducing legislation ...
The biggest obstacle to songs at your disposal anywhere remains the record labels themselves.
The company says the feature will help set priorities for a user's inbox and ease up that sense of information overload. Google says people who used the new system in its testing phase saved about a week's worth of time over the course of a year.
Financial markets have been jumpy all year -- especially so in the last few weeks because of all the gloomy news about the economy. David Wessel of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em> talks to Renee Montagne about the recent activity in the financial markets, and where the economy is headed.
A bleak housing market makes people fret about more than their wallets: Families also suffer the consequences. One couple broke off their engagement, but the current value of their home has kept them living together. Another family has been separated by 900 miles for 18 months because the father left ...
As many as one-third of homeowners owe more than their home is worth, and not being able to sell has kept them fixed in place. Staying home has kept people from seeking out better job markets. At what point will people begin abandoning houses in favor of finding jobs?
Much is being made of the success of the federal bailout of General Motors, but Chrysler is keeping a much lower profile -- mainly because it doesn't yet have much to brag about. The company has lost about $370 million so far this year, and its new vehicles won't show up until 2011.
When it comes to creating new start-ups from academic research, only MIT compares to the University of Utah -- despite the fact that MIT's research budget is five times larger. Now officials from colleges around the country are flocking to Salt Lake City to learn the school's secret.
Celebrity Chef Ludo Lefebvre has launched a new dining phenomenon in Los Angeles called "pop-up dining." It's kind of the culinary equivalent of a rave. Every couple of months, Levebvre sets up shop at a new restaurant or diner and temporarily transforms it into a gourmet dining experience. It's called ...
Toyota is picking up the pieces after a huge recall of its vehicles over sticky accelerator pedals. The company has gone from seeming to ignore the problem, to bending over backwards trying to help customers. Toyota has also moved to recall any vehicle with a hint of a problem.
Despite a stagnant economy, several of the nation's ports are bustling -- getting ready for a big change in 2014. That's when the Panama Canal will open a new lane and mark the start of a new era in shipping.
In a dismal housing market, home sellers are increasingly staging their homes -- furnishing and decorating them to make them more appealing to buyers. But some are doing it with a twist: hiring a "house manager" to live in the property.
The initiative, called Patch, launched its 100th local news site on Tuesday. AOL is expanding the program quickly and plans to cover 500 communities by the end of the year. But the company faces competition from well-established hyperlocal sites, and profitability remains to be seen.
General Motors reported a $1.3 billion quarterly profit last week, and looks to be on the come-back trail. It's also said to be on the verge of filing an initial stock offering. Some GM workers at a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, were asked how they're feeling about the upbeat news coming out of their beleaguered ...
A dozen concerned citizens from St. Louis raised $15,000 to spend on a four-day trip along the Gulf Coast. The group finishes its trip Friday, after spending the money at local businesses that are hurting economically from the oil spill.
The 1954 car, which could be worth $15 million, was stolen from a Cincinnati collector and ended up in Europe. Jacques Swaters says he bought it from a trader and then paid the original owner $600,000 when he learned it was stolen. The owner's daughter says her father never received a cent.
A local judge says out-of-state investors violated housing codes for houses they own in Cleveland, and that they should pay restitution. A hearing Thursday will determine whether neighbors suffered economic loss because of a house owned by Fannie Mae.
When Federal Reserve officials meet, the discussion usually focuses on inflation and how to restrain it. But at Tuesday's meeting, the conversation is likely to touch on growing fears of deflation -- a decline in wages and prices. David Wessel, economics editor of <em>The Wall Street Journal,</em> talks ...
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