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  • California Wins VC Money, by a Landslide Friday, 6 Apr 2012 | 1:40 AM ET

    California gets slammed for any number of reasons—budget deficits, earthquakes—but it’s a big winner when it comes to venture capital (VC) spending. It drew more VC investment than any other state last year, by a landslide. More than half the $28 billion spent nation-wide last year went to California.

  • Investors Are Looking to Buy Homes by the Thousands Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 3:35 PM ET

    With home prices down more than a third from their peak and the market swamped with foreclosures, large investors are salivating at the opportunity to buy perhaps thousands of homes at deep discounts and fill them with tenants. The New York Times reports.

  • Survival of the Biggest Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 12:48 PM ET

    An improving jobs outlook in Northern California, continued low mortgage rates and the ongoing influx of new residents into the Golden State provide support to a healing housing market.

  • States Wait to Collect Taxes on Mega Millions Winnings Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 10:52 AM ET
    With the line stretching around the block, hundreds of people waited for over two hours to buy Mega Millions lottery tickets.

    State governments wait hopefully to collect the taxes on the Mega Millions jackpot, which would give a boost to struggling states.

  • States With the Best Credit Scores Thursday, 29 Mar 2012 | 5:09 PM ET
    In January 2010, the average credit score in the United States was 692, according to  Today, it’s between 700 and 710, according to John Ulzheimer, president of consumer education at  a credit-monitoring website. In an interview with CNBC.com, he said that reduction of credit-card debt is the main factor behind increased credit scores. “There’s no doubt,” he said.If average credit scores are rising because consumers have begun to pay down their credit-card debts, then economic conditions must be

    Not all states are created equal. Read ahead to see which states have the best credit scores in the country.

  • Rock Star Homes Wednesday, 28 Mar 2012 | 1:32 PM ET
    Musicians often have humble beginnings to their careers, sometimes playing on a subway platform or performing on the street for spare change. For the lucky ones who attain musical super stardom, they can afford previously unheard-of luxuries. And some of them buy star-worthy homes.This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with American Idol, and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York City. Let’s begin this

    This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with 'American Idol,' and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York.

  • Costly Off-Field Athlete Injuries Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. Whether it’s a repetitive stress injury from tennis, a torn ACL from football or something more brutal like a hockey stick to the face, sports injuries are simply a part of life for the professional athlete.Those who spend their hours on the field may court blunt force trauma, but that doesn’t mean they can’t injure themselves off the field as well. During this year’s baseball spring training, New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamber

    If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. However, sometimes the off-field injuries are so bizarre they become noteworthy.

  • Homes Inspired by Nature Tuesday, 20 Mar 2012 | 4:39 PM ET
    While some homeowners see their abodes as shelter from the elements, others want to embrace nature and invite it inside. Some homes are designed with prominent features that bring the outdoors in.  This is not simply a matter of throwing together a few house plants, or including lots of windows and sliding glass doors or planning for a stone accent wall or some exposed wooden beams. Some homeowners, designers and architects take their love of nature further by bringing in and building in parts o

    While some homeowners see their abodes as shelter from the elements, others want to embrace nature and invite it inside.

  • Homes of Teen Idols Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 5:35 PM ET
    Did you hear? The celebrity real estate world recently buzzed with the rumor that Justin Bieber had bought himself a $10.8 million home for his 18 birthday—and it was the same  Ashton Kutcher has been renting, no less. It was almost too dreamy for a single item of gossip. As anyone who attended high school knows, gossip isn’t always true, and  soon reported that while Bieber had in fact toured that home, and two others, Kutcher may be the one who buys that house. Speaking of high-school days and

    Now we present a collection of teen idols and their homes. A lone elder statesman of this group is 33, but the rest were born after 1984, with four of them born in the 1990s.

  • Best-Kept Secret Neighborhoods Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 5:50 PM ET
    The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report, which examines all property searches made by homebuyers and renters to see where they hope to buy and rent next.  Topping the list of the most popular places for online house hunters is the Palm Bay- Melbourne – Titusville metropolitan area of Florida. The Sunshine State makes six more appearances in the top 10 most popular metro areas for house hunters.  Despite the foreclosure backlog, more people want to mov

    The real estate website Trulia recently released its Winter 2012 Metro Movers report. What follows are 10 desirable neighborhoods that tend to fly under the radar in their major American cities.

  • Extreme Kitchens Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
    To hear them tell it in home renovation programs and publications, every kitchen should look like it’s starring in a cooking show or else be dismissed as sub-par—even when the existing older components are still perfectly functional. The critics are harsh. There is no room for an avocado laminate countertop.  This kitchen-shaming has proven most beneficial to contractors, to makers of granite and marble countertops, and to manufacturers of stainless steel appliances. And yet, as much as the tast

    With all the kitchen trends now, some homeowners and designers flout the conventions, go with personal taste and choose a look that no one else has. Here are 10 examples.

  • States Chase Clean Tech Dollars and Jobs Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 12:44 PM ET

    Even as certain tax credits and funding from Washington have dried up, U.S. states remain in competition for clean energy funding, especially from venture capitalists.

  • Clean Mining Yields Metals Bonanza Thursday, 1 Mar 2012 | 12:43 PM ET

    A California company can pull lithium, and other critical metals, out of the effluent water of geothermal power plants, removing the need to drill or blast for new resources the way miners typically do.

  • Most Productive Cities Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 5:52 PM ET
    The Brookings Institution recently issued a report the compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found that these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed t

    The Brookings Institution analyzed the financial data of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and uncovered some interesting findings. Check out which cities were the most productive.

  • Homes of NBA Stars Friday, 24 Feb 2012 | 10:26 AM ET
    In the fickle world of celebrity real estate, athletes are among the more likely people to buy and sell and rent new homes, as they are subject to the whims of where their contracts take them. And in the slides to follow, you’ll also see a few properties affected by the 2011 NBA lockout.

    The houses ahead are a window into recent comings and goings in the basketball world. It will reveal what Dallas Maverick Lamar Odom has in common with Jeremy Lin.

  • Priciest Cities to Rent Friday, 17 Feb 2012 | 1:21 PM ET
    Many factors can make a housing rental market difficult to negotiate, such as tight supply and fierce competition for the most desirable properties. But chief among potentially problematic rental factors is the cost. To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at  looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities. The resulting list is particularly heavy with representatives from one state. And while it might not be the argument-ender on where it is

    To get an indication of how stretched renters are in each market, the data team at John Burns Real Estate Consulting looked at the rent-to-income ratios in 40 major U.S. cities.

  • Homes of Fashion Moguls Thursday, 16 Feb 2012 | 10:06 AM ET
    For the two weeks per year known as Fashion Week, it’s hard to avoid hearing fashion design organizations referred to fashion houses: the house of Armani, or the house of Fendi, and so on. But what types of homes are worthy of being the actual domiciles of these taste-making designers? Unlike actors’ mansions that always seem to be going on and off the real estate market, there doesn’t seem to be quite as high a turnover among homes of fashion designers. In fact, renowned wrap-dress designer Dia

    When famous fashion moguls’ handsomely appointed home spaces and estates go up for sale or rent and are listed online, it becomes a virtual catwalk.

  • California Set to Send Many New Faces to Washington Tuesday, 14 Feb 2012 | 2:51 PM ET
    Jerry Lewis

    As veterans of California's congressional delegation retire and send new reps to Washington, the state may not have the clout it once had to withstand  to negotiate against huge cuts in federal spending in the coming years by Congress, the New York Times reports.

  • Cities With the Most Speed Traps Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 2:54 PM ET
    When lead-footed drivers get snagged and ticketed, their downfall might have been passing a speed trap where a cop was using radar or a laser, or maybe the driver passed a speed camera. However, as technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Now joining the radar detector is crowd-sourced reporting of speed traps, a virtual warning system using the Internet and a mobile app. This list of the 10 most -active cities for speed traps was compiled by Tr

    As technology improves traffic enforcement, it is also progressing on the side of the speeder. Check out the list of the 10 most-active cities for speed traps, as compiled by Trapster.com.

  • Gas Prices in All 50 States Back Above $3 a Gallon Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 1:48 PM ET
    Shell gas station sign

    Gas prices in all 50 states this week are back above $3 per gallon for the first time since December 15, when regular unleaded gasoline remained at this level for nearly 10 months.