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The Obama administration made it easier on Friday for banks to do business with licensed marijuana companies with less fear of prosecution, further encouraging U.S. states that are experimenting with legalization of the drug.

Workers drill for water for a farmer on February 6, 2014, near Bakersfield, Calif. Now in its third straight year of unprecedented drought, California is experiencing its driest year on record, dating back 119 years and possibly the worst in the past 500 years.

The economic outlook in California, where farmers have been dealing with an epic drought, may not be as barren as the land.

10 high-tech gadgets to pamper your pet Sat, 15 Feb '14 | 7:00 AM ET

A headset for translating woofs to English to a doggy fitness monitor: Innovation is transforming the way owners care and interact with their pets.

Top 12 weirdest tax rules around the world Fri, 14 Feb '14 | 2:45 PM ET

When most people think taxes, usually the first word that comes to mind isn't 'logical.' It appears that is true outside of the United States as well.

With food prices fairly stable, this year's special dinner won't set you back much more than last year's. But next year? Watch out.

Wall Street guys never used to have to work this hard to get the girl.

Saying you worked on Wall Street used to have status. Now, the ladies think you're just a jerk who ruined the economy. Here's how to win her over.

Air New Zealand gets flak for 'sexist' video Thu, 13 Feb '14 | 11:57 AM ET

Air New Zealand has faced some criticism for its latest in-flight safety video, which features five swimsuit models.

Your next slice: 3-year-old pizza from a bag Fri, 14 Feb '14 | 11:13 AM ET
A slice of prototype pizza, in development to be used in MRE's — meals ready to eat, sits in a packet next to a smaller packet known as an oxygen scavenger at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Mass.

They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for up to three years and still remain good to eat.

Wanted: America's next winter sports superstar Fri, 14 Feb '14 | 11:28 AM ET
Skier Lindsey Vonn raises her crutches as she presents a dress by Cynthia Rowley during The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection show sponsored by the American Heart Association Go Red For Women campaign February 6, 2014 in New York.

The absence of skier Lindsey Vonn and the shock dethroning of snowboarder Shaun White have created a gaping hole for a new sporting superstar to fill.

7 ways designers are battling cheap knockoffs Fri, 14 Feb '14 | 11:37 AM ET
A model relaxes backstage before the Milly By Michelle Smith fashion show at MBFW Fall 2014 in New York.

The trends at New York Fashion Week will be difficult to duplicate at fast fashion retailers such as H&M and Zara.

Airlines struggle back from worst travel day yet Fri, 14 Feb '14 | 12:03 PM ET
Storm-weary travelers sleep in the baggage claim area at Dulles International, Feb. 13, 2014.

Hundreds of more flights are canceled as airlines struggle with storm-battered Valentine's weekend schedules.

Highlights from the Singapore Airshow Wed, 12 Feb '14 | 7:55 AM ET

The Singapore Airshow was billed as one of the most important aerospace exhibitions in the world. Here are some of the highlights.

Mammal in demand: An exotic kinkajou from Central America

Owning an exotic pet is not just coveted by celebrities like Justin Bieber. More than 19 percent of U.S. households have them.

Will you learn something? Will you make connections? Will they PAY you? See Glassdoor's advice on the best place to secure an internship.

Companies don't realize how much information about a network is exposed when crash data is sent back to the software giant.

Target is teaming up with three top Pinterest pinners to create collections for the retailer. One expert said more retailers will follow suit.

Beyond 'frozenomics': What's hurting housing Thu, 13 Feb '14 | 10:58 AM ET

While weather makes for a fair argument, it is not the full picture of this winter's housing slowdown.

The poor should stop whining, says luxury CEO Wed, 12 Feb '14 | 11:08 AM ET

Nicole Miller CEO Bud Konheim has a message for all of the 99 percenters: you’re luckier than you think.

Yankees' ticket prices leap on Derek Jeter news Thu, 13 Feb '14 | 10:55 AM ET
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter as a rookie in 1995.

The average ticket price for the Yankees' last 2014 regular-season game has jumped more than 160 percent.

How to train like an Olympian Thu, 13 Feb '14 | 8:00 AM ET

You may not win a medal in Sochi for Alpine skiing or bobsledding, but you will get healthier using this wearable tech.

Shipments of smart wearable bands – currently a relatively small sector - are set to grow by mammoth proportions in 2014, according to analyst Canalys.

Russian TV jeers Team USA, roots for home team Wed, 12 Feb '14 | 2:26 PM ET
U.S. skier Heidi Kloser, who was injured during qualifications, parades with her delegation during the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Sochi broadcasts on Russian-language TV have continued showing mockery of Olympians from other nations, especially the United States.

The 'iron bird' test platform, a plane-like fuselage simulator, for the C919

Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) is set to emerge as a serious competitor in the commercial aviation market over the next 20 years.

US Army testing start-up's smart-rifle system Tue, 11 Feb '14 | 2:04 PM ET
TrackingPoint smart-rifle technology

TrackingPoint, which says its system can turn any rookie into a crack marksman, also wants to apply the technology beyond firearms.

A $75 million bet on Paula Deen's comeback Wed, 12 Feb '14 | 1:39 PM ET
Cooking show host Paula Deen.

Everybody loves a comeback—or at least that's what one private equity company is betting on.

Bringing your pet to work is still a rare perk, but their are a growing number of companies including Google and Etsy that offer this fringe benefit.

Derek Jeter announces next season will be his last.

In a post on his Facebook fan page, Yankees captain Derek Jeter, 39, said he is retiring after 2014 season. USA Today reports.

A model poses backstage in front of the 'look board' at the Marissa Webb fashion show in New York.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center is back for a select few as event organizers strive to restore the show's exclusive reputation.

Made in where? Inside Sochi Olympic uniforms Tue, 11 Feb '14 | 9:46 AM ET
The US delegation parades during the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 7, 2014 in Sochi.

CNBC went inside the uniforms in Sochi to learn more about their production and design.

Champion dog handler reveals winning secrets Tue, 11 Feb '14 | 8:30 AM ET
'Banana Joe,' a Dutch-born Affenpinscher, is seen during the Westminster Kennel Club's 137th annual dog show at Madison Square Garden in New York, Feb. 12, 2013.

Famous dog handler Ernesto Lara explains how he coaches winning show dogs like a coach grooms his athletes. This year he hopes to win again.