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Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

Incentive programs that double the value of food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets have been hailed as one of the most effective ways to encourage healthful eating and support local farmers. The flaw: Most people don't shop at farmers markets. So a new program will soon pilot the concept at three grocery stores in Detroit.
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How Government Security Clearances Are Granted

President Barack Obama ordered a broad review of security clearance procedures for federal workers and contractors. New questions about background checks and security credentials.


Detroit's Emergency Manager Meets With Creditors

Kevyn Orr will ask unions, retirees and banks to take big losses on debt the city just can't afford to pay. But Orr is walking a fine line trying to convince those parties to accept a bankruptcy-style settlement, without actually going to bankruptcy court — at least, not yet.

Bidding War Breaks Out For 2 Boston Parking Spaces

The two spaces in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood went for $560,000, according to the Boston Globe. The spaces are on crumbling asphalt in an alleyway.

Business News: A Man, A Plan, A Canal

The Nicaraguan congress has granted a Chinese tycoon the exclusive right to develop a multi-billion dollar rival to the Panama Canal. The bill grants the investor 50 years of control over the potential shipping route — pending a study of its viability.

Can Captain Sunshine Save The Israeli Electric Car Dream?

The electric car company Better Place failed to build the dream it had designed. Its bankruptcy left tech-watchers worried about the stain on the country, which is proud of its image as a startup hotbed. But there may be a savior in the wings.

Why More People Are Renting Tires

"I understand that I'll probably end up paying a lot," one customer says. "But right now, I need the tires."