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  • Ten Unique Multimillion Dollar Homes Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 5:18 PM ET
    The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

  • Migrant workers weed lettuce seed plants at an organic produce farm near Fresno, California.

    There's a different sort of drought plaguing California, the nation's largest farm state. It's $38 billion agricultural sector is facing a scarcity of labor.

  • Journalist Fareed Zakaria attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2011 in New York City.

    When Lynda and Stewart Resnick, the Beverly Hills entrepreneurs who founded POM Wonderful, wanted to host a dinner at their Aspen home in 2006 to talk about the Iraq war, they assembled a list of 22 A-list guests, including Queen Noor of Jordan, George Soros, the financier, and Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California. Leading the list of journalists was one of their favorite guests: Fareed Zakaria, the Indian-born Harvard Ph.D and foreign-policy specialist who had turned himself into an unlikely media star, the New York Times reports.

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    While the July unemployment figure rose a tenth of a point from June to 8.3 percent, the government says 44 states saw their rates increase.

  • Long-Term Jobless Regroup to Fight the Odds Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 10:16 AM ET
    Job seeker Julia Gilgurd, center, waits in line to enter a Choice Career Fair in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, July 18, 2012.

    They were once advertising executives, engineers, social workers, teachers and purchasing managers. Now they come week after week, dressed for the office, carrying binders full of résumés and leads for potential jobs.

  • Cities With the Most Affordable Homes Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 4:58 PM ET
    Home prices are strengthening and affordability of houses is slightly lower, according to new data from the second quarter of 2012. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 92 percent of metropolitan areas had a rise in median home prices over the first quarter of 2012. Some homebuyers might not welcome this news, but for the home seller, it’s “another signal that the housing recovery is starting to take root,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rute

    Check out the major metropolitan housing markets with the most affordable homes for sale, counting down to number one.

  • Is Cold Fusion Finally Being Accepted by Scientists? Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The promise of discovering a clean, green, safe, and (due to the fact that it is fueled by the most abundant metal and gas on the planet, nickel and hydrogen) cheap renewable energy source is causing many investors and scientists to overcome their previous reluctance and enter the field.

  • What the Wealthy Are Driving Friday, 10 Aug 2012 | 4:02 PM ET
    Some wealthy people flaunt their status with shows of conspicuous consumption, while others prefer to stay low-key. These preferences extend to their major purchases, from the type of houses they buy, the type of clothes that they wear and type of cars that they drive. an automotive information website headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the  as determined by the I.R.S. These included some of the usual places that one might expect, such as Low

    TrueCar.com, an automotive information website, conducted a study of the most popular vehicles in the most affluent zip codes. Check out what they found.

  • School Bonds Could Trigger Fiscal Shock Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 8:11 PM ET
    San Diego

    A decade ago, San Diego county in California was at the cutting edge of some dangerous financial games.The FT reports.

  • San Bernardino: Broke, Yes, but One Sector's Booming Wednesday, 1 Aug 2012 | 4:28 PM ET
    San Bernadino California

    California's Inland Empire has suffered some of the harshest effects of the economic downturn. But one area of real estate here is hotter than the August heat.

  • 10 White Collar Fugitives Wanted by the FBI Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s has included some of the world’s most notorious criminals, including Osama Bin Laden, Ted Bundy, and Warren Jeffs — totaling 497 since its creation in 1950. Of these fugitives, 466 have been apprehended or located, according to the FBI. Of these, 154 arrests have been assisted by the public through methods such as the information posted on the website and disseminated “wanted” posters. With the success of the “Most Wanted” list, the bureau began putting phot

    Who are some of these white collar fugitives and what did they do to attract the FBI’s attention? Find out.

  • The Case for China's Canadian Oil Grab Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 4:18 PM ET

    China’s $15.1 billion bid to acquire Canada’s Nexen oil company threatens to turn China into an owner rather just a major buyer of Canadian oil, and prompts a surge in nationalist rhetoric that is attempting, misguidedly, to bring up the question of sovereignty.

  • 10 Female Fugitives Wanted by the FBI Monday, 30 Jul 2012 | 10:21 AM ET
    The FBI’s most wanted list is exclusively male, and the vast majority of the other fugitives on its website are also men. Women fugitives do appear on the agency’s website, mostly in parental kidnapping cases, but also in murder, domestic terrorism, white collar crime and violent crime cases. Bounties for women fugitives range up to $1 million. Read on to learn what some of these women did … and see if any of them look familiar.

    Bounties for women fugitives range up to $1 million. Read on to learn what some of these women did…and see if any of them look familiar.

  • Surprisingly Legal Drugs Friday, 27 Jul 2012 | 10:15 AM ET
    Amyl nitrate is a medical treatment for heart disease and cyanide poisoning. It’s also used as an inhalant that goes by the street name “poppers,” and it’s been abused ever since the disco era.

    The marketplace for narcotics isn’t what it used to be. Read ahead to see a list of dangerous drugs that are legal in many American states.

  • Homes of Billionaires: Warren Buffett Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 12:58 PM ET
    One of the world’s richest people is known for not being like those other billionaires. It’s not just that Warren Buffett has pledged to donate 99 percent of his fortune to charity or that he thinks the rich should be taxed more. It’s evident in his workplace as well: Berkshire Hathaway’s Omaha world headquarters occupy just one floor of its office building, and Buffett’s personal office doesn’t have a computer, a calculator or even a stock ticker. Buffett’s personal residential real estate poli

    One of the world’s richest people is known for not being like other billionaires, and this also applies to his minimal real estate portfolio. Have a look at his longtime home and a former vacation home.

  • Help! Businesses Turn to New Lobbying Group Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 10:36 AM ET

    With the cost of doing business rising, it's a critical moment for U.S. small businesses. A new lobbying group—Small Business Majority—hopes to make an impact. What's most pressing for entrepreneurs?

  • 3 Arrested in Separate 'Dark Knight' Incidents Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 4:18 PM ET
    People walk past a poster of the new Batman movie 'The Dark Knight Rises' outside a theater in Silver Spring, Maryland, on July 20, 2012. A masked attacker gunned down dozens of US moviegoers at the packed premiere of a Batman movie on Friday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 58.

    At least three men have been arrested for making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie in separate incidents, underscoring moviegoers' anxieties and heightened security in the wake of the deadly mass shooting n Colorado.

  • How to Build the Next Generation of American Farmers Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 1:40 PM ET

    More small U.S. farmers are turning to succession planning to ensure farms are passed down through generations. See what you can learn from these family businesses.

  • Foodie Fad to Bona Fide Business Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 11:14 AM ET
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    Once relegated to non-profit, community-based endeavors, urban farming is gaining traction with small companies seeking profits. See where rooftop-garden businesses are sprouting up across the U.S.

  • Years of Unraveling, Then Bankruptcy for a City Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 1:04 PM ET
    Stockton, California

    This inland port on the San Joaquin River recently became the largest city in the country to declare bankruptcy, but evidence of its unraveling has been mounting for years, The New York Times reports.