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  • Don't Panic — The Debt Ceiling Explained Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 5:08 PM ET
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

    I know I’m supposed to be all freaked out about the nation reaching its debt limit and our credit being downgraded and we’ll stop paying some bills. But I live in California. This is normal. Daily panic and doomsday scenarios over government finances started here. Political gridlock, kicking the can down the road…that’s how we roll.

  • A First Solar (FSLR) solar photovoltaic plant. The firm is contracted with Pacific Gas and Electric (PCG) to provide 550MW of renewable electricity capacity by 2013.

    A new law requires utilities to get  33-percent of their energy needs from  renewable energy sources by 2020.  Sounds good, except financing and licensing approval for new sources is unlikely to happen  at a pace sufficient to produce that much supply.

  • Flying High for Real Estate     Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 1:53 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on a new way for home buyers to get a bird's-eye view of expensive homes in California.

  • Fund Manager Gundlach Trial Begins Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 1:38 PM ET
    Jeffrey Gundlach

    DoubleLine Capital CEO Jeffrey Gundlach has made a lot of money calculating where the bond market will go. But his former employer goes to court today to try to prove Gundlach miscalculated when he prepared to start DoubleLine while still employed at TCW.

  • New Twist in Medicis Investigation     Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 2:41 PM ET

    NBC's Miguel Almaguer with the latest details on a bizarre death at the home of a pharmaceutical CEO.

  • In the News Today     Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 2:23 PM ET

    CNBC's Amanda Drury reports Wal-Mart may be getting closer to securing its first New York City location; California's "Carmageddon" was not as bad as predicted, and Harry Potter proved to be a wizard at the box office this weekend with record ticket sales.

  • Mysterious Death at CEO's House     Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 4:52 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells with the latest details on the tragic death of the girlfriend of Medicis founder, Jonah Shacknai.

  • Carmageddon? Carma-Stop It! Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 12:37 PM ET
    405 Freeway

    I can't take it anymore. Los Angeles is on 24/7 Carmageddon alert. The closure of the 405 freeway for 53 hours this weekend to create a carpool lane and make an overpass earthquake safe is the most publicized event in La-la land since they discovered Botox isn't just for muscle spasms.

  • Carmageddon 2     Friday, 15 Jul 2011 | 12:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports that JetBlue is offering $4 plane tickets to avoid Carmageddon, but Stephanie Howard found out too late.

  • Amazon Takes On California Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:20 PM ET
    Income Tax

    Amazon, the world’s largest online merchant, has an ambitious and far-reaching new agenda: it wants to rewrite tax policy for the Internet era.

  • States With the Highest Foreclosure Rates Thursday, 14 Jul 2011 | 2:19 AM ET
    Foreclosure filings, defined as a default notice, auction sale notice or bank repossessions, were an increase of nearly 4 percent from the previous month and down 29 percent from June 2010. 0.90 percent of all U.S. housing units (one in 111) had at least one foreclosure filing in the first half of the year, according to RealtyTrac's June 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

    Here are states with the 10 highest foreclosure rates in July 2011, according to RealtyTrac's July 2011 Foreclosure Market Report.

  • California's Red Light Camera Pain     Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 11:51 AM ET

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports law enforcement officials in Los Angeles want to pull down traffic cameras because they are not cost effective.

  • West Coast Wakeup     Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 10:24 AM ET

    CNBC's Jon Fortt reports California democratics struck a budget deal without the GOP; Amazon is getting into the digital ad business; and HP launches a Facebook app.

  • Supreme Court Strikes Down CA Law     Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 11:13 AM ET

    CNBC's Hampton Pearson details the high court's decision to reverse a California law banning the sale of violent video games to minors.

  • Now Is the Time to Play It Safe: Calpers CIO Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 7:22 PM ET

    Now is the time to play it safe, Joe Dear, CIO of the largest United States public pension fund, the California Public Employees Retirement System, told CNBC Thursday.

  • 10 Luxurious Golf Courses Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    Donald Trump has long dreamed of building a luxury golf resort in Scotland, the birthplace of his beloved game. The $1.2 billion course was scheduled to open in July 2012, but according to statements to the UK press on June 20, 2011, it’s on hold until the financial crisis blows over. "The world has crashed," , and finishing the project “will depend on the markets.” Luckily, avid golfers don’t have to wait until the economy finally turns around, as there are plenty of impressive facilities right

    There are plenty of impressive golf courses across the US. Click to see some of the most luxurious ones!

  • Whitey Bulger Is Arrested in California Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 5:06 AM ET

    James (Whitey) Bulger, a legendary Boston crime boss indicted in 19 murders and who is on the F.B.I.’s 10 Most Wanted list, was arrested by federal authorities Wednesday night in Santa Monica, the New York Times reports.

  • Public Unions Take On Boss to Win Big Pensions Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 | 11:25 AM ET

    City council elections in this Southern California city are usually sedate. Hot-button issues include whether libraries should stay open at night. Campaign budgets often don’t top $10,000. Then Jim Righeimer, a conservative activist and real estate developer, jumped into the race last year, the New York Times reports.

  • 10 Cities Fit for Active Lifestyles Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 4:47 PM ET
    When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Some have more parks and bicycle lanes than others. Some are blessed with perfect climates. Some are situated next to national parks. And some simply have a lot of gyms. But what they all have in common are attributes that encourage people to get outside and stay active.Click ahead to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

    When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Click to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

  • Harvesting a Farmland Bubble     Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 10:34 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells has the story on whether farmers are seeing a bubble.