By SUMMER BALLENTINE and RONALD BLUM
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. cities and states have lined up with tax breaks and millions of dollars in both public and private investments for a chance at hosting the 2026 FIFA World Cup. U.S. host cities are set to be announced Thursday. The prize is a share of what FIFA expects to be more than $5 billion in economic activity generated throughout North America from the tournament. In hopes of scoring a deal, state lawmakers and city leaders are cutting sales taxes on tickets and pumping millions of dollars into stadium renovations.