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When it comes to tax refunds, many Americans say they plan to do something virtuous with the money they get back. But that's not what really happens.

Darden uses lobster claws on critical analysts Fri, 28 Feb '14 | 12:27 PM ET

Darden Restaurants isn't just defending itself against activists. It's also trying keep critical analysts out of the public eye.

Warren Buffett might have spent years honing his skills, but new research argues that genes play a large part in determining investor type.

Court: No driving and texting, but yes to... Fri, 28 Feb '14 | 11:08 AM ET
California permits looking at maps on your smartphone while driving.

A California appellate court decided that looking at a cellphone screen to use maps and other apps while driving is legal, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Thousands of people with delayed or canceled flights waiting in the customer service line at O'Hare.

Global airlines are increasingly rewarding wealthy fliers with something more intangible: physical distance between them and everyone else.

Sotheby's said it acquired the "Pink Star" diamond, which had fetched a world-record price in November, after its buyer couldn't pay and defaulted.

Lauge Jensen recently sold what is believed to be the world's most expensive motorcycle.

It wasn't that long ago that the first $1 million car was news. Now, a two-wheel vehicle is about to hit seven figures.

This winter's brutal weather may have you bouncing off the walls, but in these places, you may never want to go outside again.

Tesla to Texas: How do you like us now? Thu, 27 Feb '14 | 12:44 AM ET
Tesla Model S

Tesla may be locating a massive Gigafactory in Texas for producing lithium-ion batteries and electric storage applications.

With the market rebounding off the January selloff despite weakening economic signals, traders fear a return of the dreaded black swan.

Home in Bethesda, Maryland.

A new ranking of the 100 richest neighborhoods in America finds a surprising concentration of wealth in one area, and it's not where you'd guess.

Quiznos considers bankruptcy filing: Report Thu, 27 Feb '14 | 3:18 PM ET
A Quiznos location in Denver.

Quiznos is preparing to file for bankruptcy within a few weeks as it battles with declining sales, The Wall Street Journal reported.

How potholes hurt the economy     Thu, 27 Feb '14 | 8:38 PM ET

NBC's Katy Tur tells us more about how potholes, caused by the frigid winter in the U.S., are not just inconvenience but have economic costs.

McDonald's is planning to expand "build-your-own burger" concept, as it aims to adopt the customization trend in the fast-food industry.

For love and money: Many parents want to work Thu, 27 Feb '14 | 7:51 AM ET

More than 4 in 10 working parents would prefer to work rather than stay at home, even if finances were not an issue, a survey finds.

The 'Chinese dream' is…the US? Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 7:56 PM ET

Despite a nationalistic reputation, more than a third of Chinese pick the U.S. as their ideal country - for now, a WPP survey found.

Cramer: Increase your position in cash Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 6:43 PM ET

Worried about missing the next leg higher? Jim Cramer thinks you'd do better taking profits.

London’s reputation as the divorce capital of the super-rich and the era of wealthy divorce tourists flocking to the U.K. may be coming to a close.

A bitcoin trader is surrounded by reporters as he protests against Tokyo-based bitcoin changer Mt.Gox in front of the company's office.

Bitcoin exchange customers may have little chance of recovering their funds if they prove to be missing, according to legal and regulatory experts.

An NSA-proof phone? Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 2:26 PM ET

Josh Lipton talks with former hacking trainer about the Blackphone, a highly encrypted phone made to protect your privacy.

Vacations: They're not just for R&R. Experts say family travels offer great opportunities to boost children's financial literacy.

Why new bans on school junk food ads won't fly Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 8:03 AM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama eats lunch with school children in the cafeteria at Parklawn Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia, January 25, 2012.

Junk food marketers may still be able to reach students. Here's how.

Investor Kevin O'Leary of "Shark Tank" said he's torn between the upside of legal marijuana sales and possibly running afoul of the federal government.

Seattle's airport will soon get a dose of indie cred as the grunge-famous Sub Pop label starts selling vinyl and CDs, and hosting gigs.

Slumping Diet Coke goes Slurpee Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 12:43 PM ET
Diet Coke Frost

More than three decades after hitting the market, Diet Coke brand is experimenting with a frozen variety for the first time.

Risk of a bank run heightens in Ukraine Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 6:54 AM ET

Fears of a bank run in Ukraine are rising, as central bank reserves sink and some 7 percent of bank deposits were lost in just 3 days.

One of the six decaying metal canisters filled with 1800s-era U.S. gold coins unearthed in California by two people who want to remain anonymous.

A Calif. couple out walking their dog stumbled across a modern-day bonanza: $10 million in rare gold coins buried in the shadow of an old tree.

What's making Jim Cramer nervous about stocks Tue, 25 Feb '14 | 2:13 PM ET
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

The stock market has split into two camps right now, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Tuesday. He breaks down the difference between them.

Pot: How two cities are handling it differently Mon, 24 Feb '14 | 10:47 AM ET

About 60 miles northeast of Denver a battle between legal marijuana is going on. While Greeley, Colo., is shunning marijuana, neighboring Garden City is celebrating it.

Want your own office? Here's one talking point Wed, 26 Feb '14 | 12:59 PM ET
Is an open-floor plan at your work making you sick?

If you've been wanting to abandon your cubicle to get your own office, there are good scientific excuses that may convince your boss.