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The World's Worst Oil Disasters Thu, 29 Apr '10 | 12:55 PM ET
In the aftermath of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform, which is now estimated to be leaking 5,000 barrels of crude each day, many fear the worst environmental and economic impact. But how does this spill stack up to the biggest oil disasters in history? To get a sense, CNBC.com reviewed data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and The Mariner Group, oil spill response firm, to get a sense of which oil disasters have been the worst, by volume of oil spilled. To

How does the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon platform stack up to the biggest oil disasters in history? Find out!

The New Wave of Remote-Control Toys Wed, 28 Apr '10 | 2:04 PM ET
Remote control toys have been around since the 1960s. But not until the last decade has there been a push to advance the technology behind what was once the centerpiece of every child's toy chest. As technology get smaller, cheaper, and more easily developed, certain manufacturers have refocused their attention on updating RC toys to cater to an increasingly sophisticated youth. Here are some toys just out on the market, and some to come later this year, that apply innovative devices from the me

Here are some toys just out on the market, and some to come later this year, that apply innovative devices from the medical, military, and digital fields to gadgets any kid can enjoy.

Scenes From The Goldman Sachs Hearing Tue, 27 Apr '10 | 6:57 PM ET
Top Goldman Sachs officials defended their conduct in the financial crisis on Tuesday before the Senate Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee. They flatly rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s fraud allegations against the firm, .The following is a look at some of the more dramatic moments in the hearing.

Goldman Sachs officials defended their conduct before the Senate Governmental Affairs Investigations Subcommittee. The following is a look at some of the more dramatic moments.

Top 10 States for Mortgage Fraud Mon, 26 Apr '10 | 10:57 AM ET
Reported incidents of mortgage fraud and misrepresentation by professionals in the mortgage industry continue to climb, increasing by 7 percent from 2008 to 2009, according to a new report from the Mortgage Asset Research Institute.While the pace has slowed since the 2007-2008 increase of 26 percent, the continued increase is believed to be attributed to better industry reporting and policing.MARI's fraud index, or *MFI, is based on the number of fraud and misrepresentation incidents reported fo

Reported incidents of mortgage fraud and misrepresentation by professionals in the mortgage industry continue to climb, increasing by 7 percent from 2008 to 2009.

Businesses, investors, governments and consumers are being inundated with complex and conflicting data about climate change and the efforts to address it.So what parts of this new economic paradigm will fundamentally change your life, finances and workplace? It's something CNBC contributor Terry Tamminen addresses in his upcoming book, "Cracking the Carbon Code: The Keys to Sustainable Wealth in the 21st Century."  In the book, Tamminen examines how companies are dealing with their carbon footpr

Businesses, investors, governments and consumers are being inundated with data about climate change. See some of the potential winners and losers in the new age of carbon awareness.

America's Most Stressful Jobs 2010 Thu, 22 Apr '10 | 2:27 PM ET
With Americans facing high unemployment, many people with jobs are grateful to get their weekly paychecks, but that feeling alone doesn't take the stress out of the daily grind. To get a sense for the most stressful jobs in America,  looked at 21 different factors that can cause stress on the job, and ranked 200 professions by how significantly these demands factor into an average workday. Factors that weighed into stress levels included work environment, job competitiveness, opportunity for adv

To get a sense of the most stressful jobs in America, CareerCast.com looked at 21 different factors that can cause stress on the job. Click for the list.

US Cities with the Most Home Price Reductions Wed, 21 Apr '10 | 12:39 PM ET
In most of America's local real estate markets, home values have dropped off dramatically from their peaks, although prices have begun to move off their lows. Many homeowners have chosen to accept a lower price and when combined with rising prices, this may signal an attractive buying opportunity in US real estate. In a recent report by , the real estate website found that 20% of US listings have seen at least one price reduction, compared to 27% one year earlier. Trulia's co-founder and CEO, Pe

Many homeowners have chosen to accept a lower price and when combined with rising prices, this may signal an attractive buying opportunity in US real estate.

Marijuana: By The Numbers Mon, 19 Apr '10 | 5:19 PM ET

Decriminalized in 11 states and legal for medical purposes in 14, marijuana is no longer considered an enemy of the people in many quarters.

In this slideshow, we take a look at different people, laws and films that played a role in shaping marijuana's image in the minds of Americans.

Marijuana: Tools of the Trade Mon, 19 Apr '10 | 5:18 PM ET
Although the recreational use of marijuana is essentially illegal in the United States, about one in ten Americans light up at least once each year. Marijuana users experience the drug in a variety of ways, and various "tools of the trade" exist to facilitate consumption. Whether one is smoking, preparing or growing marijuana, methods for handling the drug have evolved largely from the use and horticulture of tobacco. The Drug Enforcement Agency, DEA, states that in general, it is “unlawful for

So, what are some of the most popular marijuana “tools of the trade?” Click to find out!

Marijuana's Top Destinations Mon, 19 Apr '10 | 5:18 PM ET
With recreational marijuana use illegal in all US states, Americans are either forced to go through underground sources at home or travel across borders to obtain and use the drug. Some places have significantly decriminalized marijuana or have turned a blind eye to personal use, encouraging travelers from around the globe to visit. To get a sense of the world's top marijuana destinations, CNBC.com asked Danny Danko, senior cultivation editor at , to give his picks on the world's top travel spot

Some places have significantly decriminalized marijuana or have turned a blind eye to personal use, encouraging travelers from around the globe to visit.

Suze: How Safe Is Your Emergency Fund? Sun, 18 Apr '10 | 11:08 PM ET
There is no substitute for having an emergency savings account, Suze says, especially after this most recent recession. Her New Rules for Saving require you to have real money tucked away – for eight month’s worth of living expenses – at a real federally insured bank or credit union. That is the only way you can be certain that you will be able to handle any of life’s unexpected “what ifs” and “uh-ohs.”But let’s say you’ve been following Suze’s advice and you’re now wondering if your emergency f

To help you figure this out, Suze answered some of the most frequent – and important – questions her viewers have about saving. Read on for her top tips.

Top 15 Green Tech Start-Ups Fri, 16 Apr '10 | 4:56 PM ET
Venture capital firms have invested nearly $20 billion into hundreds of green technology startups over the past five years, according to Greentech Media, a San-Francisco based research and media company. But with only a few of these startups expected to make it, how can the best be separated from the rest? CNBC asked Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos which 15 should be on our radar. The selection criteria included technological edge, potential to disrupt the market, quality of the

With only a few green technology startups expected to make it, how can the best be separated from the rest? CNBC asked Greentech Media Editor-in-Chief Michael Kanellos which 15 should be on our radar.

Top 10 Class-Action Lawsuits Fri, 16 Apr '10 | 4:02 PM ET
Status: Settled 2005Amount: $2.5 billionInvestors in AOL Time Warner stock sued the company for fraud under federal securities law.  The company was alleged to have improperly accounted for dozens of advertising transactions between 1998 and 2002. The alleged transactions created the appearance that they were generating revenue when, in reality, were just shifting money back and forth. The alleged false earnings statements inflated the company’s value by $1.7 billion.

Here, we present the top 10 class-action lawsuits in the United States either won, settled or pending, and in terms of damages sought as compiled by LawInfo.com.

The Worst 2011 State Budget Gaps Thu, 15 Apr '10 | 12:26 PM ET
The economic crisis has taken a toll on nearly every corner of the American economy, including the financial position of most US states. With shrinking tax revenues, some states are considering drastic measures to balance their budget. In the most recent state budget report from the (NCSL), the highest estimates for the 2011 budget gap demonstrate how bad the situation could get in the coming year. In order to close their 2010 budget gaps, most US states have been forced to cut spending, increas

So, which states are potentially facing the worst 2010 budget gaps? Here are the 15 that are expecting the toughest road ahead.

Top Spots For Greener Driving Wed, 14 Apr '10 | 5:00 PM ET
For those who want a more eco-conscious fuel than gasoline for their automobiles, there are plenty of options. The most commonly available are: B20 or biofuel; CNG, or compressed natural gas; E85 or ethanol; LPG or propane; electric; hydrogen; and LNG or liqueified natural gas. But how easy is it to refuel, especially when you're traveling?Well, it's definitely not as simple as refueling with plain old gasoline. According to the most recent count of stations* across the country, there are 162,35

So where is it easiest to find alt-fueling stations, and which kinds of fuel are most readily available? Click ahead to see the country's top 15 states for alt-fuel convenience.

World's Top 10 Credit Card Issuers Tue, 13 Apr '10 | 4:38 PM ET
Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. In fact, at the end February, more than 576 million credit cards were in circulation* in the United States alone, with US consumers' revolving debt rising to $864.4 billion*** (98 percent of which is made up of credit card debt) as of January.The average American household with credit card debt at that time was carrying more than $16,000** at an average rate of 14.

Since the first widely accepted plastic charge card was issued in 1958 by American Express, the use of credit cards has skyrocketed. Check out the world's top 10 credit card issuers.

Infamous Sports Scams Tue, 13 Apr '10 | 1:24 PM ET
William “Boots” Del Biaggio III was a hockey team owner skating on thin ice. His insatiable desire to be a sports mogul caused him to commit a multimillion-dollar fraud.Federal authorities accused Del Biaggio, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist and part owner of the Nashville Predators hockey team, of defrauding investors and using the money to buy his $25 million stake in the professional sports team, according to The New York Times.The Securities and Exchange Commission said in a compl

The lifestyle of a sports star may seem glamorous with money, cars, homes and parties but it has its down side. And sports stars can be easy targets for financial scams.

The Top 10 Companies on Twitter Mon, 12 Apr '10 | 11:30 AM ET
While big companies clamor to make the most of new technologies and digital resources, some have it all figured out, while others are still evolving. One of the most popular new technologies is the microblogging site Twitter. To get a sense of the companies most effectively using Twitter, CNBC.com asked Ben Elowitz, CEO of the social media firm and author of the , to give his take on who is making the most the site. From providing better customer service to building stronger consumer connections

From providing better customer service to building stronger consumer connections, the top "tweeting" companies have improved public relations and enhanced their operations.

Top 10 Investor Traps Wed, 7 Apr '10 | 12:48 PM ET
It’s easy to become a victim of an investor scam, as news headlines have shown for the past two years.  Criminals follow the latest market trends and find weaknesses to lure victims.  According to the , senior citizens are the No. 1 target for fraud, while baby boomers are second.  In 2008, the FBI estimated $40 billion was lost to securities and commodities fraud.So how can you protect yourself from being scammed? Click ahead to see which investment vehicles are ranked high for fraud and get ti

How can you protect yourself from being scammed? Click to see which investment vehicles are ranked high for fraud and get tips to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

Cramer’s Top 12 Retail Stocks Tue, 6 Apr '10 | 2:11 PM ET
Short sellers who bet against retail this year seem to have made a big mistake. Over the past few months, almost all of these stocks have soared higher after an unexpectedly strong fourth quarter of 2009 and continuing sales strength in 2010. Things are so good, in fact, that Cramer’s seeing mini-bull markets in practically every niche, from apparel and footwear to consumer electronics and high-end handbags.This trend deserves your attention. And whether it’s through the return of the M&A market

This sector right now is on fire. And whether it’s the return of the M&A market, a newly confident consumer or a visionary CEO, there are plenty of ways to play it.

Hot New Cars at the 2010 New York Auto Show Thu, 1 Apr '10 | 1:09 PM ET
The following are some of automotive highlights from the 2010 New York International Auto Show.

The 2010 New York International Auto Show (2010 NYIAS) features some interesting debuts as manufactures look into the future of the automotive industry.

Recession's 10 Most Outrageous Jobs Stories Wed, 31 Mar '10 | 3:02 PM ET
The Great Recession resulted in the loss of more than 8 million jobs and left a trail of devastation in its wake, but for some, the downturn offered new opportunities.From the ashes rose creativity, powered by desperation and hope, the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades. These were the stories chronicled in the that shot through dark clouds and made us smile – and sometimes even laugh out loud.  There was the guy who created his own six-figure job – SIX FIGURES! – mid-recession. And the

The Great Recession resulted in the loss of more than 8 million jobs and left a trail of devastation in its wake, but for some, the downturn offered new opportunities.

The Middle East's Most Competitive Countries Wed, 31 Mar '10 | 8:09 AM ET
As one of the the most difficult economic climates in generations continues, Western countries still dominate the top 10 slots in the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report, led by Switzerland and the United States. But in the Middle East, 13 countries continue their upward trend of recent years, with a number of countries measurably improving their competitiveness. In this respect, significant differences between countries persist. In many energy exporting countries, abundant oil

While America took a big hit during the financial crisis, many Middle Eastern economies grew. Click to see where these countries rank globally and regionally.

The Biggest Stock Buybacks of the Decade Tue, 30 Mar '10 | 4:07 PM ET
When cash-rich corporations authorize a share repurchase program, investors tend to see the move as a sign of confidence in the company's prospects. Common wisdom dictates that such transactions may carry an underlying message that a stock is "undervalued," leading management to put excess cash to work by investing in their own company's stock. However, buybacks can also be interpreted by investors as an attempt to stave off a drop in share price. Although stock prices will inevitably be impacte

How are common shares affected by a buyback? With data from Capital IQ, CNBC.com looked at some of the largest buyback programs in the past 10 years.

Counterfeit Combat: Hardest Notes to Fake Tue, 30 Mar '10 | 10:31 AM ET
In the United States alone, there's an estimated $70 million in fake currency floating around. Fortunately, as the technology counterfeiters use improves, so does that of authentic bills. All across the globe, experts are devising high-tech methods to combat counterfeiters. Color-changing ink, special polymers and holographs are just some of the innovative technologies incorporated into today's banknotes. In 2007, the International Association of Currency Affairs began picking the best new count

In the U.S. alone, there's an estimated $70 million in fake currency floating around. Click to see some of the world's currencies that are most impervious to fraud.

Counterfeit Currency Mon, 29 Mar '10 | 7:14 AM ET
The portrait on a genuine US note appears lifelike and stands out distinctly from the background. The counterfeit portrait is usually lifeless and flat, and details merge into the background, which is often too dark or mottled.

Only the very best counterfeiters in the world can pull off a bill so good that only experts can spot it as a fake.

Top Online Video Games to Watch in 2010 Fri, 26 Mar '10 | 4:27 PM ET
There’s big money in the world of online gaming – and not just in the obvious places. While Activision-Blizzard has had a lock on the large-scale multiplayer gaming crown for years, it’s now facing competitors it never counted on. And more are on the way. Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular online games around today – as well as a few that are expected to make a big splash in the coming years.

Cramer’s 5 Picks for Retirement Investing Fri, 26 Mar '10 | 4:20 PM ET
Anyone saving for retirement should take advantage of both 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Accounts, Cramer says, because they enjoy tax-blessed status. Still, he thinks that IRAs are better.That's because your investment choices for 401(k)s are quite limited, while IRAs let you invest any way you'd like. And to best capitalize on an IRA’s tax-preferred status, Cramer recommended high-yielding, dividend-paying stocks that offer as much safety as possible. Think master limited partnerships (als

To best capitalize on an IRA’s tax-preferred status, Cramer recommended high-yielding, dividend-paying stocks. Read on for Cramer's 5 Picks for Retirement Investing.

The World's Best Emerging Market Banks 2010 Fri, 26 Mar '10 | 2:45 PM ET
With so much of global growth focused on emerging markets, it pays to know the banks that are best positioned to provide funding and profit from growing wealth and development in these areas. Recently, released its rankings for the best emerging market banks, which is based on a survey of industry analysts, corporate executives and banking consultants. The criteria for "best" bank includes growth in assets, profitability, strategic relationships, customer service, competitive pricing and innovat

Recently, Global Finance Magazine released its rankings for the best emerging market banks, which is based on a survey of industry analysts, corporate executives and banking consultants. The criteria for "best" bank includes growth in assets, profitability, strategic relationships, customer service, competitive pricing and innovative products.

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