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  • Phyllis Diller's Laugher Curve Monday, 20 Aug 2012 | 4:03 PM ET
    Headshot portrait of American comedian Phyllis Diller posing wide-eyed and openmouthed in an outfit with a sequined court jester's collar, circa 1984.

    I met Phyllis Diller a couple times over the years. The last time was in 2006, when she had me laughing to the point of tears.

  • Recession-Proof Industries Thursday, 19 Apr 2012 | 4:51 PM ET
    Starting a small business is a risky proposition even in the best financial times. If you’re thinking about starting one but are worried about how it will fare during a downturn, you might want to consider an industry that can be described as “recession-proof.”A recession-proof industry caters to an ongoing demand. If a business provides goods or services fitting this profile, its odds of weathering economic storms are better than those that don’t. This is why medical and diagnostic laboratories

    If you're worried about how yours might fare during a downturn, consider a recession-proof industry, which caters to ongoing demands.

  • More Woes Emerge Over Remington Rifles Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 9:54 AM ET
    Remington Guns

    Millions of Americans hunt, but it is fair to say none of them expect what happened to Justen Yerger of Monroe, Louisiana.

  • Creepy, Crawly, Squirmy Jobs Thursday, 20 Oct 2011 | 4:48 PM ET
    With Halloween just around the corner, the job search portal  has released its seasonally appropriate list of the creepiest careers in America. The list of six vocations focused on those that required contact with insects and other vermin, and disclosed their average annual salaries. But CNBC.com decided to supplement the list with other jobs as well, jobs that are considered creepy in multiple senses of the word.What follows is a list of jobs that are not for anyone but those with very strong s

    What follows is a list of jobs that are not for anyone but those with very strong stomachs. Thinking of a career change? Here are some ideas.

  • Most Extravagant Funerals Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 1:09 PM ET
    The average funeral in the U.S. costs about . Educated consumers can comparison shop and find a coffin at Wal-Mart for less than , but typically those grieving for loved ones simply reply on local funeral homes and accept their price points.While the cost associated with the average funeral service is burdensome for most, there are those for whom no average funeral will do. Many actors, musicians and politicians have been sent off in grand fashion, with extravagant final services featuring dizzy

    Who has had some of the most extravagant funerals of all time? Check out our list.

  • The passing of Steve Jobs, an American icon, has been met with grief and shock despite his well documented health travails. Business leaders and citizens from around the world are mourning the loss of this legendary CEO.

  • Chinese Rating Agency Comes Under Fire Monday, 15 Aug 2011 | 8:06 PM ET
    A member of the security staff stands on the platform next CRH380A train, foreground, used on the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line, at the Hongqiao Station in Shanghai, China.

    The Chinese rating agency best known for downgrading US sovereign debt last year, has come under fire domestically for giving the country’s embattled railway ministry a higher rating than the government. The FT reports.

  • How Dad's Planning Helped Us Cope With His Death Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 9:55 AM ET

    By making some important decisions while living, my father helped to lessen the overwhelming stress of coping with sudden loss.

  • China Failed to Heed Rail Safety Warnings Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 12:41 AM ET
    The wreckage of a carriage is lifted from the accident scene of the crash caused by the earlier collision of two trains on July 24, 2011 in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. The accident occurred on the evening of July 23 when the D301 train, travelling from Beijing to Fuzhou, collided with the D3115 train, travelling from Hangzhou to Fuzhou, which had stalled on the line after a suspected lightening strike. The first four coaches of D301 fell off the viaduct while the 15th and 16th coaches o

    In the last year and a half, many rail experts in China have warned that the country’s rush to build the world’s longest and fastest high speed rail network in record time was a recipe for disaster. The FT reports.

  • Taiwan Funeral Service Provider a Good Pick: Pro Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 1:22 AM ET

    Taiwan's columbaria products and funeral services provider Lung Yen Life Service, which recently invested $40 million to set up a subsidiary in China, has an analyst bullish on its future earning prospects.

  • CNBC President Mark Hoffman Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 11:08 AM ET

    "Mark loved CNBC and we loved him back. He will be deeply missed," said CNBC President Mark Hoffman.

  • CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Dies Unexpectedly Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 10:33 AM ET

    Veteran journalist Mark Haines, a fixture on CNBC for 22 years, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening. He was 65 years old. CNBC President Mark Hoffman called Haines a "building block" of the financial networks' programming.

  • Intrade CEO Delaney Dies on Mount Everest Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 5:34 PM ET

    Intrade's founder and CEO, John Delaney, has passed away while attempting to climb Mt. Everest, according to a statement on the firm's website.

  • After Disaster Hit Japan, Electric Cars Stepped Up Sunday, 8 May 2011 | 11:02 PM ET
    Residents travel on the opened road in front of the 4,724-tonne freighter "M.V. Asia Symphony", grounded by the recent tsunami in Kamaishi, Iwate prefecture on May 6, 2011.

    With oil refineries out of commission and clogged roads slowing gasoline deliveries, Japan turned to electric cars to help provide needed services after the earthquake and tsunami in March. The New York  Times reports.

  • Osama bin Laden

    Computers taken from Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan compound could reveal a motherlode of information on Al Qaeda donors and has probably already dealt a serious blow to Al Qaeda fund raising, according to a Middle East law expert.

  • Life in Limbo for Japanese Near Nuclear Plant Monday, 2 May 2011 | 6:14 AM ET
    A man undergoes a screening test for possible nuclear radiation at screening center about 35 kilometers away from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.

    Stone tablets in Japan, some more than six centuries old, are inscribed with messages about tsunamis, the New York  Times reports.

  • Tsunami Warnings, Written in Stone Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 11:45 PM ET
    Rescue workers check the remains of a tsunami devestated house

    Stone tablets in Japan, some more than six centuries old, are inscribed with messages about tsunamis, the New York  Times reports.

  • Remington Model 700 rifle

    The manufacturer of the most popular hunting rifle in the world has been aware of potential safety problems with the gun since before it went on the market—60 years ago.  Newly uncovered documents, including memos and drawings by the gun’s inventor, show company officials discussing the potential problem, as well as whether a design change is worth “the high expenditure required to make the conversion.”

  • 'Worst Part' of Madoff Scheme Now Realized: Langone Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 3:24 PM ET
    Mark Madoff

    Wall Street veteran Kenneth Langone said the apparent suicide of Mark Madoff, Bernard's oldest son, is the "greatest tragedy" to follow Bernard Madoff's fraud.

  • Financier Bernard Madoff with his wife Ruth Madoff and son Mark Madoff during November 2001 in Long Island, NY.

    In addition to Mark Madoff's children being sued—three days before his suicide—by Bankruptcy Trustee Irving Picard, Mark Madoff himself was implicated in another lawsuit Picard filed on Friday.

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