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Cities

America’s infrastructure grade improves to a still very sad D+

For the first time in 15 years, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. a better grade than last time.

Business & Technology

Green tech incubator Greenstart ups its game

The company has traded in its accelerator program for a beefier venture capital strategy dedicated to well-designed cleantech.

Climate & Energy

A cool new way climate change is killing bivalves

Mussels start losing their ability to attach themselves to rocks when oceans contain more carbon dioxide.

Climate & Energy

Colorado wildfires get an early start this dry year

Wildfires aren't unheard of in Colorado in March, but two recent blazes have people worried about an early fire season in a drought-stricken state.

Cities

Fastest-growing metro areas in U.S. are sprawling and water-challenged

Dallas-Ft. Worth, Houston, and L.A. added the most residents from 2011 to 2012, according to new Census data.

Climate & Energy

Louisiana pipeline fire, now extinguished, sickened residents

One out of every 10 residents of a nearby town say pollution from the pipeline accident and the resulting days-long fire made them sick.

Climate & Energy

BP can bid on new Gulf drilling leases, but will it be allowed to drill?

After being barred from bidding on Gulf of Mexico drilling leases as punishment for the Deepwater Horizon spill, BP is now back in action -- kind of.

Climate & Energy

Obama: Let’s fund clean car technology with oil and gas royalties

The president wants to spend $2 billion over the next decade to research ways to power cars without oil, funded by offshore drilling royalties.

Politics

Too big to prosecute: How Monsanto slipped the DOJ’s grasp

The DOJ wasn't "prepared to bite the bullet" and prosecute its antitrust case against Monsanto.

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