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FILE PHOTO: Components are installed around the engine on the assembly line at the General Motors (GM) manufacturing plant in Spring Hill

US factory orders drop again amid manufacturing slump

A separate gauge of manufacturing activity in the US contracted for a fifth straight month at the end of 2019.

Cities across the US are selling abandoned homes for $1, and it’s a sign that the wealth gap is getting worse

Rust Belt cities are giving away homes for a single dollar, provided that buyers pick up the renovation costs.
An eligible dollar home in St. Louis.

St. Louis is selling $1 homes to save parts of the city from decay, and there are more than 500 to choose from

St. Louis recently launched a program that sells single-family homes for just $1.
Regions of America that transcend state lines include the Bible Belt and the Rust Belt.

The US is split into more than a dozen ‘belts’ defined by industry, weather, and even health

Have you heard of the Jell-O Belt? Or the Stroke Belt? As it turns out, there are more than a dozen US regions that go by a "belt" moniker, each sharing a set of characteristics that set it apart from the US as a whole.

The new memoir ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ highlights the core social-policy question of our time

How do we get people to take ownership over their own lives, even when they reasonably believe that the deck is stacked against them?