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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Narrow Escapes Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 5:33 PM ET
    Skinny homes are built for any number of reasons. It could be space constrictions, tax or code restrictions, the creative muse, or even for the vengeful-minded to grind an axe with a family member.What does it mean to say a house is skinny? You know you’re in one if you can stand in the center of the room and touch opposing walls. Alas, many New Yorkers can identify (and the following homes are all in cities where space is at a premium).  But the Dutch may be more familiar with the phenomenon. T

    Skinny homes are built for any number of reasons. Click to view some slim pickings from across the world.

  • Harrisburg Bankruptcy & Muni Bonds     Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 5:27 PM ET

    Alexandra Lebenthal, Lebenthal & Company president/CEO. weighs in on debt-laden Harrisburg, PA and the impact its bankruptcy will have on its municipal bonds, and the overall state of munis.

  • 13 Scary Homes for Sale Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 4:46 PM ET
    While not everyone believes in ghosts, there are still houses that are generally considered to be haunted—and that’s already been covered here on CNBC in . Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures  starred in scary movies.

    Plenty of houses just look scary, as if they’re starring in a ghost story or a horror movie. A few of the following structures have starred in scary movies.

  • Million Dollar Home Conversions Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    To homebuyers who have a strong vision and the means to see it through, an abandoned utilitarian structure can become a stunning antidote to the common McMansion.Changes in technology, industry, and occupations have resulted in a decrease of barns, stables, and carriage houses being used for their intended purposes. Church attendance is not what it used to be and consequently many beautiful houses of worship have fallen vacant. Happily, many obsolete structures can be reclaimed, as with  seen in

    Because of home conversions, what could be the sad gradual loss of a well-built historic structure is really a boon to an enterprising homebuyer. Click to see inspiring examples of repurposed structures.

  • What Do You Do When All Else Fails? Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 2:30 PM ET

    The market is tanking. The economy is headed for a double-dip. What's your move, America?

  • Scenes From Hurricane Irene Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 12:41 PM ET
    So far in 2011, the storm of the Hurricane season is Irene, a category 2 hurricane that is expected to affect the Eastern US  The storm has already passed through the Carribean, causing widespread damage while the Eastern US prepares for landfall. The entire eastern seaboard is being told to expect high winds and flooding as a result of the storm, although the resulting damage is anyone's guess. CNBC.com will be updating this slideshow with fresh images of the storm as they come in, illustrating

    From emergency preparation to landfall, see how the Northeast is impacted by Hurricane Irene.

  • Budget Fix No. 497: Use Sheep to Cut Grass Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    You take a $2 million hit to your budget. Who ewe gonna call? Baaaaa, you call in the sheep, of course!

  • Harrisburg Hoping God Can Help Balance the Books Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 11:46 AM ET

    If all the brightest minds in Harrisburg’s government can’t solve the city’s financial problems, maybe God can.

  • Feeling Budget Pinch, States Cut Insurance Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 11:07 AM ET
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett

    Pennsylvania is one of several destitute states seeking to help balance budgets by removing adults from government health insurance programs. The New York Times reports.

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