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  • Bernanke makes strong defense of Fed rate policies Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- Chairman Ben Bernanke offered a wide-ranging defense Monday of the Federal Reserve's aggressive policies to stimulate the still-weak economy. The Fed needs to drive down long-term borrowing rates because the economy isn't growing fast enough to reduce high unemployment, Bernanke said in a speech to the Economic Club of Indiana.

  • America Pauses to Remember 9/11 on 11th Anniversary Tuesday, 11 Sep 2012 | 9:28 AM ET
    A New York City policeman salutes a flag hanging from One World Trade ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2012 in New York City.

    Americans paused again Tuesday to mark the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks with familiar ceremony, but also a sense that it's time to move forward after a decade of remembrance.

  • Ten Unique Multimillion Dollar Homes Tuesday, 21 Aug 2012 | 5:18 PM ET
    The specialty features of luxury homes are pretty commonplace: wine cellar, home gym, swimming pool, and perhaps an equestrian stable.  Yet for some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. TopTenRealEstateDeals.com reached out to their network of real estate professionals throughout the country to find some of the most compelling homes on the market listed for upwards of a million dollars— in many of the following cases,  north of a mill

    For some of the most exclusive addresses, there are distinctive features that set them apart from the rest. Check out this list of multimillion dollar homes with big surprises, courtesy of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com.

  • While the July unemployment figure rose a tenth of a point from June to 8.3 percent, the government says 44 states saw their rates increase.

  • Cities With the Most Affordable Homes Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 4:58 PM ET
    Home prices are strengthening and affordability of houses is slightly lower, according to new data from the second quarter of 2012. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) found that 92 percent of metropolitan areas had a rise in median home prices over the first quarter of 2012. Some homebuyers might not welcome this news, but for the home seller, it’s “another signal that the housing recovery is starting to take root,” said NAHB Chairman Barry Rute

    Check out the major metropolitan housing markets with the most affordable homes for sale, counting down to number one.

  • President Barack Obama is reflected on a glass table as he appears on television screens at an electronics shop in 2008 during a segment of a 30-minute prime-time infomercial.

    If television ad spending is any guide, the White House race will come down to nine states that have absorbed an eye-popping $350 million in commercials so far.

  • NCAA Slams Penn State     Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 7:23 PM ET

    Joe Paterno's legacy has been basically erased, as his statue was removed from Penn State's campus, and more than 100 of his football wins will be "taken off the books," reports CNBC's Brian Shactman.

  • Braddock, PA: Broke Since Reagan Era     Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    Braddock, Pennsylvania, has been broke for nearly a quarter century. John Fetterman, Mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania, explains what it's like for residents living in a bankrupt town.

  • Cash-Strapped Cities in Turmoil     Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 2:19 PM ET

    San Bernardino, California, has filed for bankruptcy. A look at how the city's problems developed, with Los Angeles Times reporter Phil Willon.

  • Pennsylvania's Problems     Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 2:51 PM ET

    Pennsylvania's sixth largest city may be on the brink of bankruptcy, with Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and NBC News political analyst, weighs in.

  • With No Vote, Taxpayers Stuck With Tab on Bonds Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    With many cities now preoccupied with other crushing costs — pension obligations, retiree health care, accumulated unpaid bills — a sudden call to honor a long-forgotten bond guarantee can be a bolt from the blue, precipitating a crisis. The New York Times reports.

  • Campaigns Blitz 9 Swing States in a Battle of Ads Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 11:19 AM ET
    Mitt Romney and Barack Obama

    The presidential campaigns and their allies are zeroing in mainly on nine swing states, bombarding them with commercials in the earliest concentration of advertising in modern politics, The New York Times reports.

  • Explosive Sports Feuds Thursday, 26 Apr 2012 | 5:03 PM ET
    What would professional sports be without trash talking, grudges, beefs and rivalries? For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself, and sometimes, a contentious situation between star athletes, their coaches and team owners is as enthralling as the score, and can create additional interest in the main event.Some sports feuds are legendary, such as Mike Piazza and Roger Clemens; Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier; John Rocker and the entire city of New York. Some feuds starte

    For some, feuds are as integral to spectator sports as the game itself. Read ahead to see which recent sports feuds have been exciting, thrilling and explosive.

  • Foster Friess: Santorum Best Pick to Beat Obama Wednesday, 4 Apr 2012 | 9:23 PM ET

    Don’t count out former Sen. Rick Santorum in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, wealthy backer Foster Friess said Wednesday.

  • Pensions Find Riskier Funds Fail to Pay Off Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    Public workers’ pension funds across the country are increasingly turning to riskier investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds, and they aren't paying off, reports the New York Times.

  • Extreme Kitchens Friday, 2 Mar 2012 | 3:53 PM ET
    To hear them tell it in home renovation programs and publications, every kitchen should look like it’s starring in a cooking show or else be dismissed as sub-par—even when the existing older components are still perfectly functional. The critics are harsh. There is no room for an avocado laminate countertop.  This kitchen-shaming has proven most beneficial to contractors, to makers of granite and marble countertops, and to manufacturers of stainless steel appliances. And yet, as much as the tast

    With all the kitchen trends now, some homeowners and designers flout the conventions, go with personal taste and choose a look that no one else has. Here are 10 examples.

  • Six More Weeks of Winter Says the Groundhog! Thursday, 2 Feb 2012 | 9:31 AM ET
    Groundhog handler Ron Ploucha holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter during the 126th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2012 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

    Punxsutawney Phil has emerged and saw his shadow, in the process predicting six more weeks of winter.

  • 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.

  • What's the Value of a Penn State Diploma Now? Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 11:43 AM ET
    Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State football defensive coordinator (center), placed in police car.

    The human tragedy that's become the Penn State University child molestation scandal is forcing some high school students to think twice about attending the college—and whether a PSU diploma still has value.

  • Paterno Scandal: More Shockers     Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 7:42 PM ET

    CNBC's Darren Rovell, and Bob Glauber, Newsday NFL columnist, report the latest details on Penn State's child sex abuse cover-up, and the firing of the college's legendary football coach.