Puerto Rico has been called the next Detroit and the next Greece. It’s buried in debt and possibly teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

Fiscal year 2013, which ended Sept. 30, was a much better year for federal coffers than the four previous ones. That’s thanks in large part to an improving economy and a mix of fiscal restraint measures.

There’s still no end in sight for the Federal Reserve’s stimulus program, known as quantitative easing, after the central bank met this week and decided to keep buying $85 billion in bonds each month.

The Army, NYPD and State Department can’t get enough workers with this job skill. Neither can Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, local courts and schools.

Budget experts have low expectations about panel charged with negotiating a budget deal. The hope is it will at least carve out a mini-deal to get the government through 2014. The biggest roadblocks: The sequester and revenue.

August posts biggest 12-month gain in home prices since early 2006, but month-over-month gain slows for the fourth straight month.