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  • Amex paying $112M in late-fee settlements Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:37 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- American Express is paying $112 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services. American Express is refunding $85 million to about 250,000 customers and is paying $27.5 million in civil fines.

  • Gun owned by Butch Cassidy auctioned in Calif. Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 10:32 AM ET

    VENTURA, Calif.-- A. 45- caliber gun once owned by Butch Cassidy has sold at auction in Southern California for $175,000. Cassidy, the infamous Old West bank robber, bought the revolver in a hardware store in Vernal, Utah, in 1896. He turned it over to Utah authorities in early 1900 in an unsuccessful attempt to gain amnesty.

  • Amex paying $112.5M in late-fee settlements Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 12:51 AM ET

    WASHINGTON-- American Express Co. is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers to pressure them to pay off old debts or buy extra credit card services. American Express is refunding $85 million to about 250,000 customers and is paying $27.5 million in civil fines.

  • Where the 47 Percent Live Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 4:58 PM ET
    Total Returns: 10,995,576Returns With Income Tax Liability: 6,760,829Returns With No Income Tax Liability: 4,234,747Nonpayers: 38.5%According to Kasprak, Texas doesn’t rank very high in terms of the factors that contribute to high populations of nonpayers. It is, however, second in the nation in terms of recipients receiving refundable child tax credits.“This indicates a higher-than-normal percentage of low-income people choosing to have children,” he said. “So that is likely a big part of the n

    Mitt Romney said "There are 47 percent of the people who pay no income tax." Who are these people, and why are they exempt? Click to see which states have the highest number of people who pay no federal income tax.

  • 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.

  • Towns for Sale Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 10:55 AM ET
    Buford, Wyo.,  to a Vietnamese buyer for $900,000 in April. The same month, a couple  the tiny town of Wauconda, Wash., for $360,000. In May, the French “ghost village” of Courbefy  to an American photographer for about $643,000.You regularly see news items about entire towns and villages going up for sale. Why buy a whole town? Many buyers see business potential. An oft-cited plan for such purchases is transforming it into a tourist destination. One man used his July  of the abandoned town Bank

    For those who might like to own a town (and perhaps even give it a wacky new name) and have at least $250,000 to spend, here are eight options.

  • Where the Wall Street Companies Are Moving Friday, 3 Aug 2012 | 11:48 AM ET
    On July 1,  published an  called “Financial Giants Are Moving Jobs Off Wall Street.” It detailed an emerging trend in which major Wall Street companies are taking swaths of on-site mid-level jobs and relocating them to less expensive locations in the U.S. This phenomenon is known as “near-shoring.”It’s easy to understand the rationale. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the financial crisis of 2008 and the Dodd–Frank Act of 2010 had a cumulative effect on many of these companies’ bottom li

    Which locations have Wall Street companies chosen for their mid-level operations? Read ahead to find out.

  • Scott Beck

    Some people may be surprised  that Utah  jumped to No. 2 in CNBC’s annual “America's Top States for Business” study, but I’m not, says CHG Healthcare Services President Scott Beck. Why? The corporate tax rate is geared to attract business, and the state also offers tax credits, and other incentives that promote business development and job creation,

  • Texas Is America's Top State for Business Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 4:30 PM ET
    Dallas, Texas

    The Lone Star State is tops again, displacing Virginia, which didn't even finish second this year. And who's last? Rhode Island.

  • Coolest Athlete Homes Tuesday, 19 Jun 2012 | 6:01 PM ET
    The value of the average home in the U.S. in April was $147,300, according to the real estate website  The home of the professional athlete, however, is likely to be anything but average.The professional athlete is often a distinct type of home buyer who’s different from the average American, in part because the contract and endorsement money makes possible the purchase of colossal, multimillion-dollar homes. However, these athletes can have serious problems selling off real estate.A multimillio

    The average U.S. home value is $147,300, but a professional athlete's home is anything but average. Read ahead to see 10 of the coolest athlete homes on the market.

  • The 10 Most Overpaid NBA Players Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    Sports fans hold strong opinions about which pro basketball players deserve their massive salaries, and which ones don’t. One fan, however, has gone further than the average barstool commentator --- Southern Utah University economics professor David Berri. Berri is co-author of the 2006 book “The Wages of Wins,” which determines which players are overpaid with a statistical method called "Wins Produced" that he and his co-authors developed.According to Berri, NBA players are paid for high scorin

    Sports fans hold strong opinions about basketball salaries, but economics professor David Berri developed a statistical method to see which players are the most overpaid.

  • American Tax Havens Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 3:48 PM ET
    Tax season is safely behind us, so it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief. But if you paid more to the IRS than you feel you should have, maybe it’s also time to start thinking about doing things a little differently. Maybe it’s time to think about living in a state where the tax burden is less than it is where you are now.Some states have low property taxes, low gasoline taxes and low sales taxes. Some have low income tax rates, and some expect not one cent of income tax revenue from its residen

    If you paid more taxes than you feel you should have, maybe you should think about living in a state with a lower tax burden. See which states qualify as American tax havens.

  • Jon Huntsman on 'Dysfunctional Washington'     Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 8:58 AM ET

    Jon Huntsman, (R) former Utah Governor, shares his final thoughts on government bipartisanship and how to bring political leaders together to get Americans back to work.

  • Major Markets Looking Up Friday, 30 Mar 2012 | 12:52 PM ET

    In cities like Denver, Salt Lake City and Albuquerque, inventory is down, traffic is up and prices are stabilizing.

  • 10 Richest US Presidential Candidates Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 11:10 AM ET
    Since 1992, politicians vying for the highest office in America have tried to project a down-home demeanor to endear themselves to the electorate. At the same time, nobody can mount a serious campaign for the presidency without money, and lots of it. So as nice as it is to come off like someone a voter would love to have a beer with, even the folksiest candidate will never make it to the Iowa caucus without a vast war chest.Since it takes money to run for president, it’s not surprising that some

    CNBC.com ranks the 10 richest people who have sought the U.S. presidency since 1992. Check out the list!

  • Utah: Welcome to Ponziland!     Monday, 19 Dec 2011 | 7:51 PM ET

    CNBC's Scott Cohn reports on more than $1.5B in losses as a result of Utah ponzi schemes.

  • Top 10 Luxurious Ski Homes Friday, 16 Dec 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.The editors at  put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, fireplaces and rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have ent

    Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from least expensive to most, many of which are ski-in/ski-out.

  • 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.

  • Athletes With Foreclosed Homes Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 12:15 PM ET
    The list of athletes who lost huge sums of money after their playing days ended is long. Evander Holyfield may have been fearsome in the ring, but that didn’t stop him from nearly losing his house in 2008. Jose Canseco was a force to be reckoned with when he played baseball in the major league, but after his steroid use was made public the money dried up and he had to resort to reality TV gigs to keep the bills paid.For many athletes who lose their former earning power, it’s not just the paychec

    Many athletes who lost their earning power couldn’t keep up with their mortgage payments and were faced with foreclosure. Click to see the list of athletes with foreclosed homes.