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Downtown Detroit, seen from Windsor, Ontario.

Detroit is an easy target for anyone looking to skewer the city as some kind of Motown-meets-Mogadishu. The story is, of course, an old one. So it was encouraging to hear the news out of "The D" this week. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announces a bill to stem the flow of cash south of the border, flanked by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik (left) and Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard.

With advances in technology, drug cartels no longer need to smuggle truckloads of cash across the border. Thousands of dollars can be carried across on "stored value cards," prepaid cards or smartphones that can act like credit cards. Read more»

Any gifts from the medical industry to doctors will be available in a federal database.

Doctors who accept speaking fees, five-star meals and other compensation from pharmaceutical or medical device companies will soon see their names – and the value of the gifts they accept – revealed on the Web, under a new federal law that follows several states in drawing attention to such financial benefits. Read more»

Fun and games for the boyz at the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington. Read more»

Matthew Elderfield faced down a popular businessman and gave bankers a tongue-lashing. His mission could be defined as ending Ireland's crony capitalism — otherwise known as "light-touch" regulation. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva wants convention-goers to stay away from Arizona.

U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva says the rest of the country should boycott his home state of Arizona if a tough immigration law is signed by Gov. Jan Brewer. Read more»

How much do you chuck out every week? Your garbage bill may depend on how big of a container you fill, if the City Council passes a new "pay as you throw" plan. Read more»

Yes, it looks like a regular iPhone, but that's because it was disguised to look like a regular iPhone.

Gawker has agree to return an alleged iPhone prototype after it was left in a bar last month by an Apple employee. Read more»

2010 Boston Marathon winner Robert Cheruiyot (left) and and Deriba Merga top 'Heartbreak Hill,' about 20 miles into the race.

In Iten, it sometimes seems that everyone can run the marathon in under 2 hours and 15 minutes. In Kenya running 11 minutes slower than the world record just isn't good enough. Read more»

Tucson and Pima County will each receive $400,000 grants from the Environmental Protection Agency to assess brownfields - environmentally-contaminated sites that could be redeveloped. Read more»

Apparently, some politicians think business can only get done when The Boss is present.

As Bruce Springsteen belted out his working-class anthems on the floor of the Verizon Center last May, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the House Highways and Transit Subcommittee, was raising money in the privacy of a luxury suite overlooking the stage. Read more»

New federal legislation that cuts “middle-man” private banks out of financial aid will save the federal government a projected $68 billion – much of which will be directed to shore up Pell grants for students. Read more»

The private contractor that trains the Afghan police force, a U.S. military program long criticized for wasting money, has failed to document millions of dollars in expenses, according to a leading defense audit agency. Read more»

Apartments under construction in Shenzhen, China.

A housing rebound in the U.S., a bubble in China. Read more»

If you're inclined to vote in the May 18 special election on the proposed sales tax, make sure you're registered by midnight Monday. Read more»

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