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  • California's Debt Problem Getting Worse?  Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 11:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on California's serious budget problems and how Facebook's 30% decline could make the state's debt problem even worse.

  • San Diego and San Jose Lead Way in Pension Cuts Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 9:51 AM ET
    Protestors carry signs as they demonstrate inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison,Wisconsin.

    While all eyes on Wisconsin, two less noticed local elections in California could have bigger ramifications for struggling state and local governments and for organized labor.

  • Disruptors: Who's at the Helm in Silicon Valley?  Thursday, 7 Jun 2012 | 8:13 AM ET

    Sean Parker, Airtime co-founder, discusses new corporate governance models in Silicon Valley, with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin.

  • Death for California’s Cigarette Tax Hike? Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 1:55 PM ET

    A high-profile California cigarette tax initiative backed by cycling legend Lance Armstrong that once seemed like a sure thing teetered on the brink of defeat, a testament to the efficacy of a $50 million campaign backed by Big Tobacco.

  • California Cigarette Tax Vote Too Close to Call Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 12:45 PM ET
    Cigarette in ashtray

    In a battle pitting Big Tobacco and small business groups against health advocates, California voters are deciding whether to increase the state's cigarette tax by $1 a pack. The vote was too close to call Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.

  • Voters in California Appear to Approve Pension Cuts Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 11:41 AM ET

    In San Diego and San Jose, voters appeared to approve ballot measures designed to help balance ailing municipal budgets by cutting retirement benefits for city workers.

  • Route 66

    Known as America's Main Street, Route 66 is undergoing a business resurgence of sorts as travelers search for a bygone era.

  • Bay Bridge Project: Lost Opportunity for US Jobs? Friday, 1 Jun 2012 | 10:34 AM ET
    Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

    Officials in California fell victim to a mindset that says China is automatically cheaper, says one analyst. “We shot ourselves in the foot,” she says. “We never even took seriously the domestic bid.”

  • Money-Making Athlete Wives Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    The stereotype about professional athletes’ wives is they’re not much more than gold-digging arm candy, with few accomplishments of their own. The stereotype no longer applies today, thanks to the efforts of some high-profile women who established themselves well before they married their famous husbands.Many of the wives of today’s professional athletes are entrepreneurs and business professionals. Some of them have been so successful in their chosen fields they are as famous as their husbands.

    What follows is a list of the wives of 10 athletes who’ve made names for themselves as columnists, models, designers and more.

  • Million Dollar Homes Across America 2012 Tuesday, 29 May 2012 | 10:00 AM ET
    How much can you get for $1 million in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies depending on where you’re looking to buy. In the wake of the U.S. housing crisis, consumer confidence and home values fell sharply, while prices in some cities are less than half of what they were in 2007. In many local markets, however, such as in New York, San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska, and Omaha, Neb., people on the front lines are optimistic about a recovery in sales volumes, prices and buyer

    CNBC.com surveyed real estate agents in 18 U.S. cities to gain individual perspectives on the health of America’s local real estate markets. Check out the list!

  • Homes of Writers Monday, 21 May 2012 | 5:59 PM ET
    Writers are known much more for our ways with words than for our abilities to put impressive roofs over our heads. Of course, there are many exceptions, and their names can be found on the bestseller lists.  One notable writer’s home came to the spotlight earlier this year when Truman Capote’s former townhouse, originally listed for $18 million,  for $12 million to Dan Houser, creator of "Grand Theft Auto". The 11-bedroom, seven-bath house is the most expensive single-family home ever sold in Br

    Writers are known much more for their way with words than for their ability to put impressive roofs over their heads. Of course, there are many exceptions. Check out who they are!

  • Silicon Valley’s High Tech Mountain Retreat Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 4:20 PM ET
    A gated community situated between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif., counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Google. While North Lake Tahoe is a four-hour drive from the Silicon Valley, Martis Camp serves as a year-round second-home getaway. The homes have rustic touches and incorporate rugged materials, but the community members are not exactly roughing it. The luxury mountain homes in the community start in the $2 million range, and the community buildings such as

    This gated community counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, and Google. Will such upscale communities become standard for the titans of Silicon Valley?

  • Facebook's $12 Billion Gift to California? Tuesday, 15 May 2012 | 4:29 PM ET
    Facebook

    In the budget revision released this week by California Governor Jerry Brown, there was only one thing to “like”—Facebook.

  • Jobs for Loners Tuesday, 8 May 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    In the immortal words of Barbra Streisand, people who need people are the luckiest people in the world. But what about the rest of us? We don’t all have what it takes to be gregarious, and outgoing, and one’s ability to be sociable, or lack thereof, can affect the type of employment one ends up taking.The extroverted have a bevy of jobs that let them press the flesh. There are sales, management, life coaching, and any number of other jobs that demand constant interaction with others. On the othe

    Many jobs that let reserved types work in solitude offer poor salaries and unchallenging work. But there are other careers that are stimulating, well-paying and require little human contact.

  • Most Expensive Luxury Suites Thursday, 3 May 2012 | 5:19 PM ET
    There are two main ways to get a luxury suite, explains Scott Spencer, president of . The first is to lease one, which is a considerable commitment of time and money. “On the extreme side, the Dallas Cowboys require a 20-year lease agreement for those who want to become suiteholders.  The New York Yankees and Madison Square Garden don’t require as long a commitment, but they have some of the steepest prices in the industry - some suites at Yankee Stadium go for over $800,000 per year and the ver

    The following is a list the most expensive of the sporting events that had the most expensive luxury box suites, from baseball to basketball to football and more.

  • College Perks: Maid Service, Vegan Food, Debt Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 4:48 PM ET

    Colleges and universities are pouring millions into renovating residence halls and freshening up cafeteria food. Administrators believe it can give them an edge in recruiting top students, while also improving the overall education by improving quality of life.

  • Mad Cow Disease Found in Central California  Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 | 7:52 AM ET

    Bob Bazell, NBC News reports on the first case of mad cow disease to surface in the U.S. in six years. The USDA is assuring consumers there is no danger of meat from the California dairy cow entering the food chain.

  • USDA: Mad Cow Disease Found in California  Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 2:58 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the details of the first mad cow discovery in six years.

  • Baseball Player Homes Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 4:54 PM ET
    As baseball players are traded, bought or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Consequently real-estate markets from Boston to San Diego become  awash each Spring with high-end homes for sale belonging to departing and arriving Yankees, Dodgers, and Braves. Not all players’ homes are mansions and penthouses—the following properties owned by  300-300 club members, Hall of Famers, and a 12-time All-Star and a 21-season veteran include at least one ranch house. But all

    As baseball players are traded, bought, or signed as free agents, they leave behind homes and need new ones. Click ahead to see some of these high-profile houses.

  • Where Have I Seen That House? TV Edition Friday, 20 Apr 2012 | 11:11 AM ET
    The settings for favorite TV shows can often become almost as familiar as the characters themselves. But although we’ve spent many hours with these apartments and houses in the background, their details usually remain a mystery. Of course many programs are shot on sets, but sometimes real home exteriors and interiors are used. With this collection, readers may wonder no more about some well-known homes from television dramas on AMC, HBO, and PBS as well as situation comedies on NBC and FOX. Ther

    The settings for favorite TV shows can often become as familiar as the characters themselves, but their details usually remain a mystery. Not anymore!