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Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky's release after 10 years in jail reflects Putin's consolidation of power in Russia.

What happens when Bill Gates is Secret Santa? Thu, 19 Dec '13 | 12:36 PM ET
Bill Gates, aka Secret Santa?

A Reddit user named Rachel who knew her Secret Santa only as "Bill" got the surprise of a lifetime.

Jenny's gift shop owner Thuy Nguyen smiles at his shop Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, in San Jose, Calif.

Although two winning lottery tickets can claim the $636 million Mega jackpot, only one store clerk who sold the ticket will get a $1 million bonus.

Ad for a "Slightly Haunted" home on Zillow

In the listing for his 1901 Victorian house, Greg Leeson is asking for $144,000, but he adds that the house is "slightly haunted," NBC reports.

How taking meds could make you rich Wed, 18 Dec '13 | 12:22 PM ET

With cities growing rapidly, great strain is being placed on healthcare. How is innovation helping to lower costs and make patients better?

Fed late with tapering: Paul Ryan Wed, 18 Dec '13 | 7:00 PM ET
Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

The Fed needs to get back to "sound money," House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan told CNBC on Wednesday.

Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Sheldon Adelson.

Warren Buffett gained more wealth than any other U.S. billionaire, adding $37 million a day, according to one study.

Pimco's Mohamed El-Erian offers four key takeaways from the Fed meeting that may shed light on what's ahead.

Mamma mia! Chipotle to expand into pizza Wed, 18 Dec '13 | 1:10 PM ET
Pizzeria Locale in Denver

The company detailed plans Wednesday for a separate pizza concept with a model emphasizing service and speed.

No matter what the FCC decides, there will be no in-flight phone conversations by passengers on Delta or JetBlue, the airlines say.

Chart of the Day: Bad signs in ocean freight Wed, 18 Dec '13 | 7:00 AM ET
CMA CMG shipping.

There's been a dip in imports and exports, according to the latest figures for ocean container freight in and out of the United States.

Dutch prostitutes are demanding the same retirement tax benefits as professional footballers because of the "hard physical work" they do.

A holiday gift guide for the cigar novice Fri, 13 Dec '13 | 10:55 AM ET

Cigars can help check people off your gift list at the holiday deadline. Here are great options for everyone from the novice to the aficionado.

Inside Jamie Dimon's offbeat holiday card Tue, 17 Dec '13 | 5:44 PM ET
An image purported to be Jamie Dimon's holiday card.

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has sent out his holiday card, featuring his family and a lot of bouncing tennis balls, reported the news website Quartz.

Art Cashin of UBS talks about why traders are expecting a lot of wild swings around tomorrow's Fed announcement.

Jerry Seinfeld has teamed up with Acura on a series of Web-only commercials.

The 10 top-performing global stock markets in 2013 include advanced economies and surprise front-runners such as Greece, Egypt and Argentina.

Fed taper? No, beware the tapir!     Tue, 17 Dec '13 | 2:00 PM ET

The markets are focused on whether the Federal Reserve will taper -- but long ago, there was a large herbivore called tapir. "Street Signs" looks at what taper and tapir have in common.

What to do when you win the lottery Tue, 18 Mar '14 | 12:06 PM ET

Record lottery payouts are rewriting the conventional financial wisdom about how the winners can best handle their good fortune, from tax advice to their reconfigured lives.

Google, HP recall HP Chromebook 11 chargers Tue, 17 Dec '13 | 9:22 AM ET
HP Chromebook 11

Google's new Chromebook charger is being recalled because of fire hazards.

Forget the fruitcake, give stocks: Cramer Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 6:25 PM ET

Sure, we know Bobby wants a pair of skates, Suzy wants a sled. But high quality companies makes a nice gift too.

Beyoncé

"Beyoncé," dropped in the dead of night Friday, sold more than 800,000 downloads in just three days, Apple announced Monday.

A wind park can be seen as morning breaks in Copenhagen

Copenhagen's high-tech industries are poised to boost Denmark's economy as the capital sets its sights on innovation and green living.

Get ready for a beer cocktail boom Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 12:16 PM ET

While brewers will continue to push the innovation envelope, here are things beer drinkers can expect to see in 2014.

Buffett's 2014 action plan Tue, 10 Dec '13 | 8:39 AM ET
Warren Buffett

America's iconic investor will still be at the helm of Berkshire Hathaway next year, we predict. And his target list could include a very well-known name.

Beginning with Applebee's and Buffalo Wild Wings, many restaurants are looking to tablets as a way to boost sales and reduce wait times.

Former NBA star Ekezie's play in Africa Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 10:00 AM ET
Obinna Ekezie

Former Atlanta Hawks star Obinna Ekezie has leveraged social media to build Wakanow.com, Africa's largest online travel company.

Meet the FreshDirect of Christmas trees Sat, 14 Dec '13 | 1:00 PM ET
Entrepreneurs Brian Millman and Tyler Kupper are the co-founders behind Tyler’s Trees, a New York City-based FreshDirect model for Christmas trees.

From tech firm Uber to small business Tyler's Trees, Christmas tree deliveries to your home is the latest order-on-demand business model.

How much should Santa earn? Survey says... Mon, 16 Dec '13 | 1:06 PM ET

Ever wonder what Santa would actually earn for his hard work around the holidays? Here's an analysis by Insure.com.

There is good news and bad news in home buying in the months ahead: Sales are improving, but mortgage rates are set to rise.