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Texas, which has never finished below No. 2 in CNBC's Top States for Business, drops from first to second in 2013.

Congressional action on the U.S. tax code could dramatically alter one of its sacred cows: the mortgage interest deduction. And the change could come in 2013.

Fargo, North Dakota

North Dakota moves up from fifth place to third place in the Top States for Business 2013, as shale oil continues its creation of a new economic powerhouse.

Car Thieves Have a New Favorite Target Tue, 9 Jul '13 | 12:32 PM ET
Ford F-250 Super Duty

The Ford pickup has replaced the Cadillac Escalade as the preferred target of car thieves, according to the Highway Loss Data Institute.

Nebraska rises to no. 4 Top State for Business Tue, 9 Jul '13 | 12:01 PM ET
Omaha, Neb.

Nebraska cracks the top five in CNBC's Top States for Business for the first time, landing at No. 4 in 2013, thanks to a high score for business friendliness.

Richmond. Va.

Virginia and Utah finish in a tie at No. 5 in CNBC's Top States for Business 2013. The first top-five tie in Top State history is a bit of comedown for three time champ Virginia.

Eliot Spitzer and ex-madam Kristin Davis.

Eliot Spitzer may think the past is in the past as he makes another run for public office, this time for New York City Comptroller, but his alleged madam Kristin Davis disagrees.

Intuitive Surgical announced that second quarter results would fall well below expectations. CNBC's Herb Greenberg dissects the message.

Weak economy means fewer babies (for now) Tue, 9 Jul '13 | 6:41 AM ET
Skye Pearce and Bryan Haas play with their dog, Lucky. The couple says the dog helps fill the void of not having kids.

The fertility rate has fallen sharply since the nation went into recession in 2007. "When times are bad, births go down," one researcher said.

Ron Perelman, Chairman and CEO of MacAndrews & Forbes.

The billionaire deal maker Ronald O. Perelman loves to litigate, and one of his companies recently filed a little-noticed lawsuit accusing Michael R. Milken of fraud.

Taken through a glass window, buildings are obscured by haze in Beijing, China.

China's air pollution has cut life expectancy by an average of 5.5 years and caused higher rates of lung cancer, heart attacks and strokes. The Financial Times reports.

Warren Buffett at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder's Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

Warren Buffett's donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation this year is the biggest since his annual contributions began in 2006.

Cramer always says individual investors can beat the pros. Here's how to do it.

Why Disney shrugged off 'Lone Ranger' flop Mon, 8 Jul '13 | 5:29 PM ET
Johnny Depp as Tonto in Disney's Lone Ranger

The fact that investors ignored the disappointing "Lone Ranger" box office receipts points to a couple key trends at Disney, and its studio in particular.

Critics Unfriend Facebook Twins' Bitcoin Fund Mon, 8 Jul '13 | 2:29 PM ET
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss

Critics question whether an exchange-traded fund that tracks the virtual currency would catch on with regular investors—or if it even could make it market.

Everyone is on the road. I've done the drive to Wisconsin every year now for the past 15, and without a doubt traffic seemed heavier than any time in the past four or five years.

The design of the Boeing 777, as well as broader aircraft safety advancements, may have helped passengers survive the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash in San Francisco.

Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Flexibility Mon, 8 Jul '13 | 11:42 AM ET
Sara Uttech, who works from her home office every Friday, in Fall River, Wis., June 14, 2013. For many middle-class working mothers, climbing a career ladder is less of a concern than finding a position with paid sick leave, flexible scheduling or even the opportunity to work fewer hours.

For many middle-class working mothers, climbing a career ladder is less of a concern than finding a job with flexible scheduling. The New York Times reports.

Apple's App Store is about to turn 5 this week, and it looks like a lot of developers are celebrating by giving away iPhone and iPad apps.

John Malone

Liberty Media's John Malone might be the most popular billionaire roaming the Sun Valley Resort as deal making returns to the spotlight.

Timothy Geithner

Tim Geithner, the former US Treasury secretary, has been elevated to the highest rank of public speakers after receiving about $400,000 for three speaking engagements.

Modems and routers are bigger energy hogs than laptops and cell phone chargers. On a national scale, it’s pretty staggering: $1 billion a year in electricity.

This earnings season is going to be a bummer. Hey, tell us something we don't know. Well, it may not be so bad after all. Here's why.

How many female millionaires are there? Sun, 7 Jul '13 | 11:00 AM ET

Many banks have a special women's outreach programs, to get a piece of the growing wealth controlled by women, but how much wealth will there be? That's the tough part.

Kate Middleton

How much is a royal baby worth? Millions, yes, but according to these calculations, a lot more than you might think.

Just in time for your summer road trip, today's top car designers from BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen offer up their all-time favorite convertibles.

Feral Pigs Are Going Hog Wild Across America Fri, 5 Jul '13 | 9:14 PM ET

The Fed's Fisher warned of "feral hogs" in the market. Real feral pigs are a serious menace to farmland and the population is exploding.

Rising Tide: High-End Boat Sales Jump     Fri, 5 Jul '13 | 2:43 PM ET

The yacht business took a hit during the recession but sales have rebounded and Viking Yacht executive Patrick Healey sees "tremendous growth" heading into next year. Here's why.

Ace Is the Place With the Afghan Hardware Man Fri, 5 Jul '13 | 7:38 AM ET
An Ace Hardware store under construction in Afghanistan.

Ace Hardware has become the first U.S. business to announce a partnership to open a franchise in the war-torn country. It means more than a mere business opportunity.

Didn't get a prenup? Try a postnup Fri, 5 Jul '13 | 7:05 AM ET

Postnuptial agreements—similar to prenups, but for married couples—are on the rise, with growing acceptance and DOMA changing the marriage landscape.