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  • Most Expensive US College Dorms Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:01 PM ET
    When people lament the rising cost of a college education, they’re usually talking about tuition. Now,  an online resource for college students, has published  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.The priciest dorms are largely in New York and California, where a place to live has never been cheap.The dorm prices show that this sometimes overlooked higher education cost can not only exceed $13,000 per academic year, but in some cases it can almost equal the pric

    When people lament the cost of  college, they’re usually talking about tuition. They often don't think of room and board. Now, there's a list  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.

  • San Franciso Tops $10 Minimum Wage Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 6:59 AM ET

    The city's hourly wage for its lowest-paid workers will hit $10.24, more than $2 above the California minimum wage and nearly $3 more than the working wage set by the federal government.

  • Storybook Homes Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 2:41 PM ET
    With some children’s stories, the setting is a major part of the story -- think of the woodland cottages in the “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “The Three Bears,” or the unexplained footwear habitation of the poor old woman who lived in a shoe. We gathered 10 such storybook-worthy homes. Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.  We’ve ev

    Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.

  • The Populist Politicking of Pandering Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 6:51 AM ET

    Why New York's new tax reform package and California's tax proposal are both unfair.

  • Tony Scott | Director

    Sophisticated filmmakers who once relied on American studios for backing are turning to a globe-straddling independent finance system for their most expensive projects, the New York Times reports.

  • Homes of 1990s Stars Friday, 2 Dec 2011 | 12:54 PM ET
    Hey, remember the 1990s? It was a time of many requests to “not go there,” and entreaties to “talk to the hand,” or simply a time to mindlessly chant “JER-RY! JER-RY!” over and over. The ‘90s don’t seem so long ago, but it was long enough ago for fortunes and careers to change: Vanilla Ice , while MC Hammer lost his house, shirt, and Hammer pants when he went broke. Some ‘90s stars of pop culture were able to parlay their fame into continuing success, and so we see their mansions, estates, penth

    Some ‘90s stars of pop culture were able to parlay their fame into continuing success, and so we see their mansions, estates, penthouses, and compounds pop up regularly on the market.

  • In California, Asking Voters to Raise Taxes Thursday, 1 Dec 2011 | 12:14 PM ET
    California Flag

    For 33 years, California has been on the leading edge of the tax-cut movement. But faced with the prospect of withering budget cuts and deficits that stretch through at least the middle of the decade, that may be about to change. The New York Times reports.

  • Busiest Cities for the Holidays Tuesday, 22 Nov 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Despite continuing economic troubles,  this holiday season. According to a new report from AAA, an anticipated 42.5 million will be traveling 50 miles or more, which is 4 percent more than last year.  To find out where the greatest numbers of those Americans will be traveling, Bert Sperling of  looked at airline flight statistics from last year. The resulting top 10 busiest cities are those that have the highest percentage of flights during the holidays. However, the list was not determined just

    Despite continuing economic troubles, more Americans are planning to travel this holiday season. The following top 10 busiest cities are those that have the highest percentage of flights during the holidays.

  • Race to Rebuild: CA High-Speed Rail     Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports on California's proposal to build a high-speed rail system, but Congress could derail that plan.

  • Extreme Sports Costs Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 9:23 AM ET
    When it comes to separating the rational from the reckless, few activities draw a line in the sand quite like extreme sports. Do you think you’re an extreme sports practitioner just because you grunt loudly when you hit a tennis ball? Well, try jumping off a 1,000-foot-tall cell phone tower with only seconds to deploy your parachute, or leaping from an airplane for a little wingsuit flying. Your attitude is likely to change.For those who participate in these sports, laughing in the face of death

    People participating in extreme sports can spend anywhere from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. What are the costs associated with extreme sports?

  • Homes on Top of the World Friday, 11 Nov 2011 | 4:40 PM ET
    There’s nothing like a commanding view to make a homeowner feel like the Master of the Universe. While no one has yet figured out a way to put a price on the great outdoors, sellers do place a significantly higher price on an apartment or house with spectacular views of nature. The properties here start out at nearly $3 million, and from there, the prices soar to nearly $50 million for one single-family house in Malibu. The following selections of luxurious homes from Realtor.com include views b

    The following selections of luxurious homes from Realtor.com include views both natural and urban that can be calming, inspiring, or stimulating, each with its own built-in ways to enjoy the lofty vistas.

  • Cities That Vanished Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    The story of the ruined city of Pompeii is one of the best-known examples of a city that suddenly ceased to exist. One moment it was a thriving metropolis, then an eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79 buried the city in volcanic ash. It was accidentally rediscovered in 1749 and excavated, revealing a time capsule of city life during the era of the Roman Empire. It’s not just ancient cities that vanish, however. The following collection includes a city that disappeared just this past August. And e

    There are many different ways a city can disappear. Click and prepare to feel unsettled by the transience of human settlements.

  • Homes of the GOP Candidates Wednesday, 2 Nov 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    When every part of a presidential candidate’s life and history goes under the microscope, it’s not surprising that some of their homes have led to controversy. In fact, for one candidate, two properties have become the center of a heated debate.

    Click ahead to learn about these abodes, located in nine states, and find out who owns, has owned, or rents each house.

  • Economy Alters How Americans Are Moving Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 4:38 AM ET
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    The continuing economic downturn has drastically altered the internal migration habits of Americans, turning the flood of migrants into the Sun Belt and out of states like New York, Massachusetts and California into a relative trickle, an analysis of recent federal data confirms, the New York Times reports.

  • 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.