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  • States Show Few Gains in Fight Against Unemployment Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 11:18 AM ET
    People wait in line at a government employment office in the center of Madrid.

    State unemployment rates have shown only minimal improvements, with 18 states and the District of Columbia reporting decreases in July, 14 showing increases and 18 with no change at all.

  • Eight Killed, 12 Injured at California off-Road Race Sunday, 15 Aug 2010 | 6:14 AM ET

    An off-road truck plowed into a crowd and scattered "bodies everywhere" moments after sailing off a jump at a California race Saturday, killing eight people and leaving 12 injured, authorities and witnesses said.

  • LA Will Be Bankrupt by 2014: Former Mayor Wednesday, 11 Aug 2010 | 8:34 AM ET
    America's Top States for Business - A CNBC Special Report

    Unless city officials make drastic changes, Los Angeles will be bankrupt by 2014, former LA Mayor Richard Riordan told CNBC.

  • Are Municipal Bonds a Smart Choice for Investors? Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | 2:01 PM ET

    "With municipal bonds you have to take your tax rate into consideration, the lower your tax rate the less attractive muni's are," Ben Thompson,  founding principal of Samson Capital Advisors told CNBC.

  • Toy Marijuana? Tuesday, 27 Jul 2010 | 11:44 AM ET
    Marijuana plants

    A web site called Cannabuddies allows people to "adopt" virtual (not real) pot leaves. Leaves named "Chocolope" and "Train Wreck" will grow for you, produce buds, and even "speak", hoping to inform listeners about the benefits of pot.

  • What Financial Reform Means for Municipal Bonds Monday, 26 Jul 2010 | 12:22 PM ET

    Corporate bonds are registered securities—municipal bonds are not. That key distinction is meaningful as details of the new law are unraveled and especially meaningful in light of the controversy surrounding bond sales and the ratings agencies.

  • Legalize Pot? Blacks Split Over California Vote Tuesday, 20 Jul 2010 | 10:54 AM ET
    Marijuana plants

    How black voters in California decide on Proposition 19, which would allow anyone 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, could be critical to its success or failure.

  • Judge Rejects Schwarzenegger Minimum Wage Order Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 5:34 PM ET
    Arnold Schwarzenegger California Governor

    A judge on Friday declined to force the state controller to comply with an order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pay state workers minimum wage while the state remains without a budget.

  • Golden State Warriors Sell for Record $450 Million Thursday, 15 Jul 2010 | 1:23 PM ET

    Joe Lacob, managing partner at private equity firm Kleiner Perkins, and Peter Guber, chairman of Mandalay Entertainment, have won the bid for the NBA's Golden State Warriors, a source close to the sale has told CNBC.

  • 2010's Tech Titans Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 5:25 PM ET
    Silicone Chip

    The tech and innovation category carry weight in the rankings. Here's what it takes to be #1.

  • States With the Highest Cost of Living Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 | 4:31 PM ET
    You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. With the launch of CNBC's fourth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states based on the rankings of the the study's cost-of-living category. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 25-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of these states also had some of t

    With the launch of CNBC's fourth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states.

  • Court Sides with Schwarzenegger Minimum Wage Plan Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 3:43 PM ET
    California Gov. Arnold Schwartzenegger

    A state appellate court sided Friday with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.

  • America's Financial Fireworks Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 11:40 AM ET
    fireworks

    Is it unpatriotic to have a Fourth of July celebration without fireworks? Or is it fiscally responsible? That difficult choice is facing cities across America, as tight budgets have city managers weighing the mood-boosting value of throwing a traditional civic party against the realities of today's deficits.

  • California's Not So Fun Summer Thursday, 1 Jul 2010 | 10:28 AM ET
    San Francisco

    California has about 225,000 organized state employees—still—and many have been forced to take three-day-a-month furloughs without pay. A few thousand of them converged on the Capitol Wednesday to protest threats by the Governor to impose the $7.25 minimum wage on them starting Thursday. There's no budget, and no solution to the $19.1 billion deficit.

  • Will Jerry Brown Let You Fix California's Budget? Wednesday, 30 Jun 2010 | 1:34 PM ET
    California Attorney General and democratic candidate for governor Jerry Brown.

    I feel like a broken record. As the fiscal year ends, California is facing a crisis, with no budget…and a $19.1 billion…deficit…(yawn)…and no solution…zzzzzzz….. I’ve been reporting essentially the same thing for over two years, and while services have been cut and people are suffering, California, for the most part, is still functioning.

  • Vallejo, California Police

    Two years ago, the Bay Area city of 120,000 went into a special kind of bankruptcy reserved for local governments called Chapter 9. It allowed the city of break contracts and suspend debt payments.

  • Nation's Biggest Port Shows Surprise Jump in Traffic Friday, 11 Jun 2010 | 5:08 PM ET

    The Long Beach and Los Angeles ports released preliminary figures for May today.

  • Foreclosure

    The national foreclosure rate continued to fall in May, according to a new report released Thursday.

  • Are Investors Souring on Housing? Thursday, 27 May 2010 | 2:29 PM ET

    While sales of existing homes shot up across most of the nation in April, they fell in the West, down 6.2 percent.

  • California Flag

    Whitman is leading by 25 to 27 points in two polls (SurveyUSA and PPP) over Steve Poizner in the governor’s race, while Fiorina has opened up a 20 to 23 point lead against Tom Campbell in the Senate contest, with Chuck Devore trailing well behind.