How does a post-industrial city manage property that no longer generates tax revenue but still needs the grass cut? One entrepreneur says he has a solution: He's buying up 1,500 empty city lots and planting thousands of trees. But where backers see a visionary proposal, critics see a land grab.
The bill is seen as the spending portion of Speaker John Boehner's "Plan B" legislation that he hopes to bring to bear in negotiations with President Obama on ways to avoid the "fiscal cliff" that would come unless Democrats and Republicans can agree on a comprehensive deal.
It's been 80 years since Britain's royal family began broadcasting a Christmas message. Now, the monarch will deliver her holiday address in 3-D. It's a medium in which she's been filmed before — 59 years ago, her coronation and other events were captured by 3-D cameras.