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  • Massive Mansion Markdowns Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 5:11 PM ET
    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. All told, these properties have been reduced in price by more than $85 million.Why do these upscale properties linger on the market? When the lowest asking price out of these mansions is about $10 million, you’re already talking about a limited pool of potential buyers. Perhaps some of the properties are too specialized, as a few residences in this collection cater to pretty specific int

    The following nine enormous homes started out with price tags that were even more enormous than they are now. Click to see the following list of drastically discounted mansions.

  • Most Extravagant Funerals Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
    The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • California Green Tax Breaks in Question Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 4:16 PM ET

    Bipartisan legislative support worked briskly to authorize $104 million in tax breaks to help "green" companies in California buy equipment and add jobs— but the program has been frozen to new applicants amid questions about how the recipients were chosen.

  • Solar After Solyndra Monday, 17 Oct 2011 | 2:59 PM ET

    Green energy professionals gathered in Dallas for the Solar Power International conference to tackle the latest challenges in the solar power industry. CNBC's Jane Wells reports.

  • Los Angeles, California highways

    California is still having a tough go of it financially.  Two men who grew up here, and whose careers went in very different directions — Jerry Brown and Michael Milken — met in Beverly Hills this week to figure out ways to get the Golden State back on its feet

  • Has California's Recovery Stalled? Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 4:43 PM ET

    With California's unemployment at 12.1 percent, business leaders and policymakers gathered at the Milken Institute's  State of the State Conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. CNBC's Jane Wells on the gathering and the  California economy.

  • Remakes That Made Less Than the Originals Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 5:05 PM ET
    Hollywood has remake fever. While nobody ever accused the American film industry of having too many new ideas, the number of remakes being trotted out by the major studios lately is alarming -- as is their choice of movies to remake. For example, on Oct. 14, 2011, remakes of both 1984’s “Footloose” and 1981’s “The Thing” will come to theaters, and although no one can say how much money they’ll make, it’s hard to imagine that they’ll make less money than their 30-year-old predecessors. Or will th

    Hollywood has remake fever. What are notable movie remakes that made less money than the originals?Find out!

  • A report from the state treasurer says the Golden State's debt burden is up to 7.8 percent, more than double what it was eight years ago. According to the report, each Californian owes $2,542 this year for state debt, more than twice the national median of $1,066. It could be worse.

  • Out of Work

    Senate Democrats are rewriting portions of President Barack Obama's jobs bill to include a new 5 percent tax on income above $1 million—a proposal that is sure to be blocked by Republicans.

  • Pig Theft on the Rise     Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 5:30 PM ET

    Hog futures have been holding up well amid all the market volatility, so much that stealing hogs is on the rise, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • Golden Gate Bridge

    A strike deadline came and went Sunday night for Southern California grocery workers, but no one was walking off the job just yet as negotiations with supermarket chains continued and looked like they could last into the night.

  • Cisco's Future     Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 3:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt has the story on how John Chambers, Cisco System CEO plans to increase sales and reassure investors. Also, discussing whether the stock is oversold, with Mark Sue, RBC Capital Markets, and Alkesh Shah, Evercore Partners.

  • TechCrunch Conference     Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 4:51 PM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt reports from the front lines of the San Francisco TechCrunch Conference, where start-ups meet venture capitalists.

  • Auctioning A Malibu Home     Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 11:56 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the story on a 10,500 square foot home on the housing market for auction originally going for $65 million and now finally at a minimum bid of $22 million.

  • Amazon in Deal With Legislators Over Tax Law: Report Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 8:31 AM ET
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    Amazon.com is in a deal with legislators to avoid a ballot battle over the state's insistence that the online retailer collect state sales tax on purchases by Californians, the LA Times said.

  • September 11 Memorials Across America Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 2:55 PM ET
    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. There are some 500 recorded memorials in the U.S. and more are underway or planned. Most of them are in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut, home to the majority of the victims. Others are hundreds of miles away, such as one in North Dakota. The memorials vary widely in size, design and cost. Some are public, others private.

    During the decade-long period of healing, people in towns across America have been erecting memorials to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 terror attacks. Click to see the photos.

  • Gold: A Brief History Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:35 PM ET
    An Apulian red-figure calyx crater depicting Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece, circa 340 BC–330 BC.

    Gold has had a hold on mankind since it was first mined in the Copper Age.

  • A Gold Rush Without The Rush Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 3:32 PM ET
    A jeweller weighs gold jewellery at a shop in Ahmedabad on October 7, 2010. Gold surged to a record 1,356.50 USD an ounce in Hong Kong trade. Dealers are buying up the precious metal as the USD remains under pressure amid concerns over the global economy and as dealers look to invest in the safe haven in times of uncertainty. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY (Photo credit should read SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)

    These should be boom times for the mining business in California and Nevada.  There is no "rush" in the new gold rush.

  • Auto & Left Coast Indicators     Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 2:40 PM ET

    A look at the auto indicator, with Lacey Plache, Edmunds.com, and CNBC's Phil LeBeau, and what the Golden State is telling investors about the economy, with CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • 11 Celebrity Foreclosures Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    Ever since the housing crisis began, Americans have gotten used to hearing a word that only used to apply to the very desperate --- foreclosure. In the past, the word summoned to mind images of abandoned, dilapidated homes with boarded windows, a vacant porch swing and the occasional tumbleweed.Those days are over now, and the foreclosed home in move-in condition is an increasingly common sight today. It seems like something that can happen to anybody, including famous people. The idea that cele

    Fame is no longer protection from foreclosure, and neither is success. Who are some of the celebrities who have gone through a foreclosure? Find out!