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  • The Great Plains' looming water crisis
    <p>Farming in the northeast corner of Colorado used to be simple: plant corn and watch it grow, irrigated by the massive Ogallala aquifer. Today the sprinklers at Marvin Pletcher’s farm in Yuma County, about 120 miles from Denver, put out half as much water as a decade ago, and he keeps them low to the ground to prevent evaporation. Half of Pletcher’s 1,300 acres are planted with wheat, sorghum, sunflowers, and pinto beans—crops that are less thirsty than corn, but also less profitable. “I have four wells in operation. In 10 years I’ll be lucky if I have one,” says the fourth- generation farmer. “We’re all drinking from the same bowl of water here, and when it’s gone, it’s gone.”</p>

  • Aetna, Humana merger marks sway of health-care law
    <p>Aetna Inc.’s $34.1 billion deal to buy Humana Inc., announced early Friday, marks the first combination following weeks of deal talks among the largest health insurers as they jockey for scale in a market reshaped by the recent federal health-care overhaul.</p>

  • Richemont CEOs Are Top-Paid Europe Executives After VW Boss
    (Bloomberg) -- Richemont co-Chief Executive Officers Richard Lepeu and Bernard Fornas are catching up with Volkswagen AG’s Martin Winterkorn as the top-paid...

  • America’s Hottest Housing Markets
    There are a number of ways to define hot housing markets, ranging from price increases to new housing starts. has come up with its own.

  • It's hard to explain why prime working-age American women are leaving the labor force
    The US' prime working age labor force participation rate has been in decline, and that decline began long before the recent recession. By definition, the labor force consists of those currently working or looking for...

  • The Ford E-Bike: An Interesting Urban Solution, but No Replacement for a Car
    Ford recently introduced its third electric bike, called the MoDe:Flex, as part of the company’s Smart Mobility initiative.

  • TGI Fridays is giving away free burgers to get you to eat there
    TGI Fridays is giving away free burgers to get millennials to eat there. Starting Wednesday, customers will get a code on their receipts that they can share on social media. The first person to click on the code will get to get an offer for a free...

  • Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay
    Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it used to be.Pay is sluggish. Many part-timers can't find full-time work. And a diminished share of Americans either have a job or are looking for one.Yet in the face of global and demographic shifts, this may be what a nearly healthy...

  • What US land is really worth, state by state
    <p>A recent study estimates that the combined value of all land in the contiguous United States is worth nearly $23 trillion. The most valuable state, according to the survey, is California, which accounted for 17% of the total value of the 48 bordering states. </p>

  • 6 financial lessons from America's founding fathers
    What can the men who adorn our currency teach us about our own finances? Quite a lot, actually, but not because they were all as good with money as they were at creating a nation.