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  • Car Keys and Money

    July auto sales are giving economists reason for cautious optimism about the sluggish economy.

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    Green Plains Renewable Energy CEO Todd Becker talks about the challenges facing the ethanol industry.

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    Record high prices of corn and soybean brought on by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years may be triggering a sense of de ja vu for Asia concerned about a repeat of the food scare in 2008, but most economists are downplaying those fears, for now.

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    The worst drought in U.S. history is hurting food companies in China and margins are likely to suffer in the second half of the year, even as firms battle rising wages, analysts tell CNBC.

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    With nearly two-thirds of the US enduring drought conditions, food prices are expected to jump ahead of the November election. That could add to voter anxieties about the economy, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

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    Sentiment in the oil market may start turning positive as prices begin reflecting expectations of tighter supply in the second-half, but lingering worries of a global economic slowdown still present a downside risk, according to CNBC's weekly survey of oil market sentiment.

  • The term “corporate headquarters” often brings to mind an intimidating environment, full of modular furniture, fluorescent lights and joyless gray cubicles. For many years, there were scant deviations to be found.In the 21st century, that rule book has been tossed out the window. The new one has been written by veterans of the tech boom, the start-up boom and the dotcom boom, and this new “old guard” has changed the rules.Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional

    Now that corporate norms no longer apply across the board, nontraditional office spaces have become more common. Click ahead to see some of the coolest corporate headquarters in the world.

  • Boone T. Pickens

    The U.S. needs to do a better job of developing its own natural resources to help improve sluggish economic growth, T. Boone Pickens, founder of BP Capital, told CNBC’s “Street Signs” on Thursday.

  • The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom.

    The debate over nuclear has generally boiled down to the challenge of waste disposal, but the real wild card is human error.

  • Job Classifieds

    No issue is more misunderstood, or been more purposefully confused by the Romney and Obama campaigns, than outsourcing.

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    Benchmark oil prices may fall this week, reacting to softer economic data expected from China which will likely show a slowdown in activity is gathering momentum in the world’s second-largest economy, according to CNBC's weekly survey of oil market sentiment.

  • Shark finning: one of the world's most destructive fisheries. Shark fins are removed whilst the remainder of the carcass is discarded at sea, Baja California, Mexico.

    China said Tuesday that it would prohibit official banquets from serving shark fin soup, an expensive and popular delicacy blamed for a sharp decline in global shark populations. The NYT reports.

  • The Business of Wicked Weather

    CNBC's Rick Santelli discusses the impact heat is having on U.S. corn crop; and Weather Channel's Paul Walsh discusses how the heat wave is impacting consumers.

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    Oil prices will likely reverse last Friday's fourth-largest daily gain on record with traders saying the surge is unlikely to signal a major shift in the negative trend, according to CNBC's weekly survey of oil market sentiment.

  • Lexus

    Two years after recalling millions of vehicles because their floor mats could trap the gas pedal and cause unintended acceleration Toyota is once again issuing a recall for the same problem. This time it involves 154,000 of the 2010 Lexus RX 350 and RX 450 H models.

  • Alberta Oil Sands

    Four and a half years of studies and five failed votes in the House of Representatives later, the massive Canadian-US pipeline is stuck at the Canadian border. And that won't change anytime soon.

  • Dean Ian Waitz

    Ian Waitz, MIT's dean of the engineering school, speaks with CNBC about being at the forefront of education and research and some of the major challenges facing today's innovators.

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    A new report shows sizable amounts of recoverable oil and natural as around the scenic island chain, but its location in the hurricane belt is already raising concerns about potential environmental damage.

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    Oil prices are set to soften further this week after data showed a slowdown in business activity from Europe to the U.S. and China reflecting continued deterioration in the global economy, according to CNBC's weekly survey of oil market sentiment. Middle East tensions and the U.S. hurricane season may limit the declines.

  • Coal fired power station

    Having suffered one blow from the Senate this week, King Coal faces another one from the EPA next week.