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Smog chokes Beijing in this photo taken June 5, 2013.

China plans new restrictions on vehicle sales in eight more cities in hopes it can curtail its worsening smog problems as roads become choked with traffic.

Nanoparticles Could Power 'Electronic Skin' Thu, 11 Jul '13 | 1:02 PM ET
This undated handout photo provided by the journal Science shows a piece of electronics with physical properties, i.e. stiffness, bending rigidity, thickness and mass density, matched to the epidermis.

A development in nanotechnology may enable "electronic skin" for robots and prosthetic limbs, offering sensitivity to pressure, humidity, and temperature—and it's even flexible.

Fish oil may raise risks of prostate cancer Thu, 11 Jul '13 | 12:40 PM ET

In a recent study, fish oil proved dangerous for men who have high levels of the compounds because it raises the risk of prostate cancer.

Liberty Media's Malone wants cable consolidation Thu, 11 Jul '13 | 11:15 AM ET
John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media and Liberty Global, and CEO of Discovery Holding, arrives at the conference.

CNBC's Julia Boorstin caught up with Liberty Media's John Malone at the Allen & Co. conference, where he called for consolidation in the cable business. Will he strike a deal?

Cramer: This Stock Is Undervalued Right Now Thu, 11 Jul '13 | 10:27 AM ET

Microsoft's newly announced restructuring plan could create significant value for shareholders and may change Wall Street's opinions of the company, CNBC's Jim Cramer says.

America’s cheapest states to live in 2013 Thu, 11 Jul '13 | 9:47 AM ET

The Cost of Living is one of the categories we measure as we rank America's Top States for Business. The lower the cost of living, the higher the score.

An X-47B unmanned combat air system (UCAS) demonstrator performs a "touch and go" May 17, 2013 on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush. An aircraft does not stop moving during a touch and go. Wednesday's landing will attempt a full stop.

The X-47B will take off from Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland and, if all goes according to plan, will be captured on an aircraft carrier off the coast of Virginia.

Surprise! This crocodile-print leather hobo has a specially designed compartment for carrying a firearm.

Leslie Deets founded handbag company Concealed Carrie and blasted her way into the growing and wildly diverse demographic of U.S. women who carry handguns.

Ray Allen

Fresh off winning the NBA title with the Miami Heat, hoops legend Ray Allen is driving the lanes of Congress, asking for multi-year funding of diabetes research.

Pumped up kicks? Sneaker sales soar Wed, 10 Jul '13 | 12:07 PM ET
Jaime Penaloza, a member of an Instagram group called "Sneakaholics," poses with his shoe collection.

Call them “sneakerheads” or “sneakaholics.” There's a growing number of designer athletic shoe junkies—who comb the Internet, camp out in the wee hours and pay hundreds of dollars for the most highly anticipated sneaker releases.

Medical pot for kids? Some parents are trying it Wed, 10 Jul '13 | 11:15 AM ET
Legal medical marijuana grown in a greenhouse.

Marijuana, though still considered controversial, continues to prove itself in as a successful prescription for neurological diseases that appear in children.

Apple verdict may not result in cheaper e-books Wed, 10 Jul '13 | 10:44 AM ET

A federal judge's ruling that Apple conspired to raise e-book prices may not mean cheaper e-books for consumers. Prices were already dropping.

America's most expensive states to live Wed, 10 Jul '13 | 10:33 AM ET

The average cost of one item related to home price, a half-gallon of milk, doctor visit, even a pound of ground beef give an idea of prices in the most expensive areas in 10 states.

The worst states for business Wed, 10 Jul '13 | 9:46 AM ET
Los Angeles freeway traffic.

If we are going to have Top States, we have to have Bottom States. Find out which states bottomed out for business.

Hobbled by student loan debt and a weak job market, many young adults wonder if they'll ever be comfortable enough financially to have kids.

Students scrambling to find an alternative to the student loans that recently got a lot pricier may want to save their energy. Even at the higher rate, a Stafford loan is still a good deal.

Overall Rankings 2013 Tue, 9 Jul '13 | 4:52 PM ET

Where did your state rank last year? How will it stack up in 2014? America's Top States for Business is coming this June.

The Most Improved States for Business 2013 Tue, 9 Jul '13 | 4:45 PM ET
An engineer and electrician working in Cambridge, Mass., May 23, 2013

More than a couple of states can make a case for most-improved status in the areas of Economy, Infrastructure, Workforce and Business Friendliness.

South Dakota soars to the top spot in CNBC's annual survey of the Top States for Business. What other surprises are in store?

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.