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  • California Says Au Revoir to Foie Gras Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | 11:37 AM ET
    Duck

    After Sunday, those caught selling foie gras produced through force feeding face fines of $1,000.

  • Stockton, California

    The city of Stockton, Calif., population 290,000, is paving the way for a court filing that would make it the largest US city ever to enter bankruptcy.

  • City by City: America’s Most Expensive Homes Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 4:11 PM ET
    Price: $29.5 million           Bedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 11Square Footage: 10,511The neoclassical Georgian  Mount Vernon overlooking White Rock Lake was built in 1930 and first occupied by the oil magnate H.L. Hunt and his family. Luxury features of this 10-acre estate include a two-story guesthouse, a pool house, a four-lane bowling center, a 16-car collector’s garage, lighted tennis courts, swimming pool (one of Dallas’ first residential pools), putting greens and a gazebo. The house has nine marb

    Ranked in order from the least expensive to the most expensive mansion, here are the priciest homes in the 10 biggest cities in the U.S.

  • Niche Retirement Communities for Boomers Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
    in Fremont, Calif., is a retirement community catering to Chinese-American retirees. According to its website, “our focus on Chinese culture is reflected in everything we do.”The community features architecture based on the principles of  and activities include both Chinese pursuits like  and  as well as American standbys like bingo and bridge. The staff is Chinese- and English-speaking and health-care providers include several from China who are fluent in multiple languages and dialects.

    According to AARP, 78 million baby boomers are reaching retirement age. Read ahead to learn about the niche retirement communities serving the needs of silver-haired boomers.

  • Presidential Vacation Homes Friday, 22 Jun 2012 | 9:45 AM ET
    Location: Kailua Bay, HawaiiPrice: $9.8 millionBedrooms: 5Bathrooms: 7Square Footage: 5,145This Hawaiian retreat was the “winter White House”  in December 2011. (From 2008 until 2010, the Obamas rented  each December. ) The house, which is currently on the market for nearly , is Asian-inspired with bamboo ceilings. In front there’s a lagoon-like pool and Jacuzzi, and out back is the ocean.

    Whether it’s “the Summer White House,” “the Winter White House,” a beach house or a fishing camp, presidents need to get away, too.

  • Last Call: Cuts Like a Knife — Moody's Downgrades Banks Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 10:28 PM ET
    Moody's

    Moody’s downgrades banks; Blackrock fund manager leaves; Twitter suffers an outage; AIG docks a chief for an inter-office relationship.

  • Deal Reached on Ailing California's Budget Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 4:06 PM ET
    California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown.

    California Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic leaders reach agreement to finalize the budget for the financially strapped state.  A vote of the Legislature will take place next week.

  • Island Towns Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 5:16 PM ET
    Other than danger posed by hurricanes, there isn’t much to dislike about island communities, with their seafood, beaches, nature sanctuaries, houses on stilts, submersed shipwrecks, and often with their pirate lore and history. Thanks to paparazzi following celebrities and politicians on their vacations, some island vacation destinations like Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, Mass., and off the left coast, Catalina, are fairly well known. We decided to take a look at some other water-bound locati

    We decided to take a look at some water-bound locations, beautiful isolated hamlets on land masses surrounded by water.

  • Forecast: Only Halfway Through Housing Recovery     Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 8:42 AM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells breaks down the data on the outlook on housing and the economy from the UCLA Anderson Forecast, with Edward Leamer, UCLA Anderson Forecast director.

  • Coolest Athlete Homes Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    The value of the average home in the U.S. in April was $147,300, according to the real estate website  The home of the professional athlete, however, is likely to be anything but average.The professional athlete is often a distinct type of home buyer who’s different from the average American, in part because the contract and endorsement money makes possible the purchase of colossal, multimillion-dollar homes. However, these athletes can have serious problems selling off real estate.A multimillio

    The average U.S. home value is $147,300, but a professional athlete's home is anything but average. Read ahead to see 10 of the coolest athlete homes on the market.

  • Salvaged Sanctuaries: Homes Made from Junk Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 4:53 PM ET
    Location: Berkeley, Calif.This small and very green two-bedroom home designed by  incorporates more than 100 salvaged car roofs on its second-story walls. The roofs were harvested from gray cars that were left for scrap at junkyards. The awnings were formed from Dodge Caravan side windows. (The firm’s website points out that what was once America’s bestselling minivan is now one of junkyards’ most commonly found minivans.) The first floor exterior walls are lined with poplar bark, a waste produc

    As the world gets more crowded and landfills fill up more of the land, people are looking for ways to build homes using fewer raw materials and more repurposed old materials.

  • Spectacular Swimming Pools Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 4:40 PM ET
    Not so long ago, a swimming pool was not much more than a cement swimmin’ hole. It used to be that you’d make a rectangular- or kidney-shaped concrete hole in the ground, fill it with water, and dump in some chemicals. But my how they’ve changed, from contemporary zero-edge pools like those formerly seen only in resorts to pools that imitate wetland ponds. Private swimming pools have become more sculptural and architectural, as seen in  for a luxury residential high-rise. The following collectio

    The following collection shows dazzling outdoor pools, including one belonging to a famous actor/producer, pools with views of oceans and nature, and a few fabulous indoor examples.

  • 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.

  • 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.”