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  • Burger Battle: Los Angeles Thursday, 21 Apr 2011 | 3:07 PM ET

    California is bankrupt. The Dodgers may be going under. Gas has topped $5 in some places. The President's visit is going to screw up the 405 today. But none of these get Angelenos as worked up as this question: what's better, Five Guys or In-N-Out?

  • Six States Where Gas Prices Average More Than $4 a Gallon Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 2:25 PM ET
    $4 Gas in California

    It seems wherever you go these days, you can't help but feel the pinch when it comes to gas prices at the pump. Here is a breakdown of the states with the highest and lowest prices.

  • Wednesday Lights Up as Weed—nesday Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 9:03 AM ET
    Marijuana joint

    April 20—4/20—is a big day for the business of marijuana. Not the medical stuff, the illegal kind. Urban legend holds that "420" began decades ago as the time of day some high school kids in the Bay Area would meet after school to light up.

  • 3 Cities (Not Anaheim) Where Kings Should Relocate Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 8:36 AM ET
    Brothers George, Gavin and Joe Maloof

    As the Maloof brothers contemplate moving the Kings franchise out of Sacramento and into Anaheim, would they be better off considering other cities as possible NBA destinations?

  • What's Financial Armageddon? Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 9:39 AM ET

    Is there such a thing as Financial Armageddon? And if so, what is it? We asked some of CNBC.com's bloggers and editors to answer the question: What's your definition of financial Armageddon?

  • When Taxes Attack: Forced Out by High Taxes Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 5:48 PM ET
    Bald Eagle

    Taxes are a necessary burden but in some states, they're becoming so financially unbearable, they're pushing some residents and companies out.

  • California’s Tax Hike Did Not Work Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:55 AM ET
    California

    California’s tax collections grew at around half of what the state projected for 2010—indicating that the state’s fiscal situation may be even more dire than previously understood.

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Apartments

    Bargains are thinning out, but that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of real estate investors who target small apartment buildings, especially in the Sunbelt.

  • What the Tsunami Means for US West Coast Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 11:35 AM ET

    Residents need to be prepared for the strongest waves four to five hours after the first one hits, but there will be no "wave of water", one expert told CNBC.

  • Will California Fall Into 'The Black Hole'? Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 1:58 PM ET
    Golden Gate Bridge

    California only has a short amount of time to fix its troubled economy, with a $24 billion dollar budget deficit, or else it will deteriorate to the point of no return and enter 'the black hole', Sean Egan, founding partner and president of Egan-Jones Rating company,  told CNBC on Monday.

  • Tamminen: Congress Moving Backward On Green Front Monday, 7 Mar 2011 | 10:13 AM ET
    Global Warming

    It's time to stop taking crude oil and other fossil fuels for granted and start seriously developing new energy sources while practicing energy conservation.

  • Broke Town, USA Friday, 4 Mar 2011 | 10:22 AM ET
    Vallejo, California

    Vallejo, a city about 25 miles north of San Francisco, offers a sneak preview of what could be the latest version of economic disaster. The New York Times reports.

  • Police Departments Turn to Volunteers Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 11:12 AM ET

    Hamstrung by shrinking budgets, the police say the volunteers are indispensable in dealing with low-level offenses and allow sworn officers to focus on more pressing crimes and more violent criminals. The New York Times reports.

  • As oil prices race toward $100 a barrel, the expectations that gasoline prices will catch fire are running high.

  • California Puts State Buildings up for Sale Wednesday, 9 Feb 2011 | 2:00 PM ET
    Los Angeles, CA

    California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he is dropping a plan to sell 24 state government buildings to private investors.

  • Brown Seeks 5-Year Extension of California Taxes Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
    Jerry Brown, California State Attorney General

    Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to slash funding for most areas of state government and maintain a series of tax increases for five years to close California's huge budget deficit.

  • Los Angeles, CA

    Although current law does not allow states to go bankrupt, some experts believe it should be permitted so the federal government can avoid bailing out states faced with massive budget shortfalls and the end of stimulus funds in 2011.

  • Bullet train in China

    California is about to embark on its biggest infrastructure project in decades, a project that isn't fully funded, where predictions of profitability are being questioned, and which depends largely on the American taxpayer.

  • The unemployment rate rose in 21 states and Washington D.C. in November, up from the 14 states that showed increases the month before, according to government data released Friday.