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Shutdown: Squirrels relish White House garden Tue, 15 Oct '13 | 1:30 AM ET
US First Lady Michelle Obama works in the garden on the South Lawn of the White House.

The normally immaculate White House kitchen garden now looks more like most gardeners' plots at this time of the year - overgrown.

Hot battle among automakers: Luxury under $50K Tue, 15 Oct '13 | 2:48 PM ET

Thanks to a combination of aggressive lease deals and more choices for entry-level luxury, sales of Mercedes, BMW, Lexus and Cadillac are soaring.

Watch Art Cashin: What, Wall Street worry? Tue, 15 Oct '13 | 12:43 PM ET

In his daily CNBC.com-only video clip, Art Cashin of UBS talks with Bob Pisani about the stock market's continued belief that Washington will be able to avert a default on the nation's debt.

Orange juice is no longer America's main squeeze Tue, 15 Oct '13 | 11:03 AM ET

Higher prices, citrus greening disease, and energy drinks like Red Bull or acai juice are dethroning orange juice on the breakfast table.

Jamie Dimon, chairman of the board, president and CEO of JPMorgan Chase.

Regulators and investors seem to disagree with recent calls for the ouster of the head of JPMorgan over the bank’s expensive legal troubles.

Nobody seems to want Apple's iPhone 5c Mon, 14 Oct '13 | 11:56 AM ET
Apple's iPhone 5C

Apple is selling twice as many of the more expensive 5s units, and one analyst has slashed his sales estimates for the 5c, reports say.

Some wedding service providers, like cake makers, photographers, are going to court over their right to refuse service to same sex couples.

Take a look at Dan Price's ultra-cheap lifestyle, starting with the home he built from scrap wood that he calls his Hobbit hole.

Some Americans have decided to keep out of the rat race, at least for now. Find out why. NBC News reports.

Ultimate billionaire’s beach house in Malibu, Calif.

Step inside what's been called the ultimate "billionaire's beach house." The La Villa Contenta beach house is currently listed on the market for $54 million.

The best ways to punish Congress Sat, 12 Oct '13 | 1:13 AM ET

Lawmakers have taken their time trying to agree to terms for reopening the government. So how can we punish them? Here are some fun ways to do so.

Rx for Obamacare? Feds mull rebuilding website Fri, 11 Oct '13 | 4:30 PM ET
Heathcare.gov home page

The sluggish federal Obamacare website could be getting a partial rebuild and has a new tool to help users view prices.

Crisis cost? Lost jobs, another recession: Study Mon, 14 Oct '13 | 12:00 PM ET
Furloughed federal workers protest outside the Capitol on Oct. 4

A new study concludes that the fiscal uncertainty created by our crisis government costs the U.S. a full point of GDP and about 900,000 jobs.

A Budweiser bartender serves up samples of Brewmaster's Project Twelve.

Budweiser is bringing back "Project 12," releasing three new brews named for the ZIP codes where the recipes were created.

Still from the new release of Carrie.

A viral marketing team hired by MGM planted actors and special effects inside a coffee shop to pull a movie-inspired meltdown on innocent customers.

What your home might look like in the future Fri, 11 Oct '13 | 12:49 PM ET
Construction on one of the home of the future during the Department of Energy's annual Solar Decathlon competition.

Nineteen collegiate teams are in a tough competition to see who can design, build and operate the most energy efficient and affordable home of the future.

Trick or Treat—It's Miley, Smokey & Boehner Sat, 12 Oct '13 | 5:00 PM ET
Government shutdown themed costumes from BuyCostumes.com.

As the shutdown remains top of mind for many, the buzz is inspiring Halloween merchandise selection and the hunt for a clever costume.

10 best hotel restaurants around the world Sat, 12 Oct '13 | 11:00 AM ET

Bloggers, restaurant critics and other food writers from around the world voted to create the list of 101 Best Hotel Restaurants Around the World.

A Bombardier Learjet aircraft

Tired of the failures of first-class travel and with a couple of million to spare? Is it time to buy a private jet?

Detail from "Hollaback: Red, Yellow, Blue."

For creators, fans' superhero strength—and purchasing power—makes some projects possible.

NYC marathon: The latest shutdown victim? Tue, 8 Oct '13 | 2:04 PM ET
The finish line of the canceled 2012 New York City Marathon.

A year after Hurricane Sandy canceled the NYC marathon, the nation's biggest race again finds itself in the path of another storm, this one political.

Car low on gas? Add some french fries! Thu, 10 Oct '13 | 5:16 PM ET

The capability exists to turn everyday resources into fuel components. Many may be sitting in your garbage can, recycling bin or city landfill.

Yuan moves one step closer to global currency Thu, 10 Oct '13 | 8:33 AM ET

China launched a currency swap deal with the euro zone on Thursday, in the country's latest push to transform the yuan into a major world currency.

Berlusconi’s girlfriend spills the beans… Thu, 10 Oct '13 | 6:28 AM ET
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with his girlfriend Francesca Pascale.

The latest girlfriend of Silvio Berlusconi has discussed the chaotic nature of life at home with the former Italian prime minister, who is 49 years her senior.

Opening day Thursday at New York Comic Con 2013

What happens when Batman and The Joker meet up at New York Comic Con? Attendees tell us what they're excited about this year.

Two Russian multimillionaires racked up a $207,116 bill between them in a head-to-head contest at a London nightclub, to see who could amass the biggest bar tab.

A Samsung employee displays the Samsung Galaxy S IV for a photo March 14, 2013 in New York City.

One of the biggest differences between Apple's iPhone and Android devices is that the latter offers more options when it comes to customizing the software.

People in a protest and prayer vigil held to call for an end to the federal government shutdown on October 8, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

As the government shutdown enters its second week, a widening circle of consumers are feeling its effects.

E.J. "Skullcrusher" Snyder

Survivalists are in high gear amid the shutdown and in case the U.S. defaults on its debt.

Crumbs! Starbucks in a jam over the duffin Wed, 9 Oct '13 | 9:12 AM ET
Starbucks Duffin

Starbucks' launch of a doughnut-muffin combo "the duffin" last week appears to have plunged the global coffee chain back into controversy, with customers accusing it of copying a small bakery chain.

Can the wealthy save holiday spending? Wed, 9 Oct '13 | 5:00 PM ET

Drool over the Neiman Marcus catalog if you want, but the real question is whether the wealthy will spend this holiday season.