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  • Scandal Homes Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 3:56 PM ET
    Regardless of whether a controversy occurred recently or decades in the past, it’s often difficult for the famous and infamous parties involved to shake a headline-making scandal. No category of celebrity is immune to a juicy scandal. But while some of the subjects recover and carry on in their chosen fields (this seems easier for entertainers), others are ruined—and one evildoer is cooling his once well-heeled heels in jail.The following selection of homes includes the residences of ex-governor

    The real estate listings don’t come with a caveat but we’ll tack one on here: The buyer is responsible for exorcizing any karmic residue.

  • Scenes from the Tea Party's "Hold the Line" Rally Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 2:33 PM ET
    Tea Party activists gathered on Capitol Hill for a 'Hold the Line' rally on June 27, 2011 in Washington, DC. With the debt limit impasse reaching a critical juncture, activists from all sides of the debate are reaching out to members of the U.S. Congress.Here are photos from the Tea Party's "Hold the Line" Rally

    With the debt limit impasse reaching a critical juncture, activists from all sides of the debate are reaching out to members of the U.S. Congress. Here are photos from the Tea Party's "Hold the Line" Rally.

  • 10 Terrible Sports Contracts Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 12:24 PM ET
    When people hear the term "terrible sports contract," two assumptions are often made. First, the agreement in question must have been orchestrated by a greedy team owner, with terms deliberately designed to bilk the athlete. And second, the athlete must have been a young rube who signed the contract without consulting a lawyer first. While these scenarios have surely played out many times in the past, they're not the only ones possible.Sometimes, a terrible contract is actually terrible for the

    What are some of the sports contracts that had terrible consequences for the teams that wrote them? Click and find out.

  • 10 Growing Trends for the Chinese Consumer Thursday, 28 Jul 2011 | 11:32 AM ET
    As China becomes an increasingly important part of the global economy, no investor or business leader can ignore the increasing influence of its consumers. The tastes and preferences of China’s market of 1.3 billion people has the potential to sway demand and shift the trajectory of global consumer spending.This is especially true as China’s consumer spending is growing at an average annual rate of 18 percent, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, compared to As many foreign companies

    Some consumer trends in China are well known, such as the increasing demand for luxury goods, but others may surprise you. CNBC.com put together a list of 10 major consumer trends.

  • What Happens If the US Is Downgraded? Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 3:59 PM ET
    Politicians in Washington, D.C. finally agreed on a deal that would extend the ability of the government to borrow money beyond August—preventing a default on  or other obligations.But even with the U.S. debt ceiling raised, a short-term deal that does little to raise revenue or cut spending might result in a downgrade of the country's long-term debt. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s might decide that the failure to produce a longer-term solution to the U.S. debt burden indicates that the country's

    You might be surprised by some of the possible answers. Click ahead to see what happens if the U.S. credit rating is downgraded.

  • 10 Country Songs About Jack Daniel's Wednesday, 27 Jul 2011 | 2:28 PM ET
    Country music songs tend to explore a fixed list of topics such as heartbreak, incarceration and infidelity. However, just as often the mainstream country song turns to another topic, one that has held mankind in its sway since time immemorial —  drinking alcohol. Despite the grim subject matter, the country drinking song remains an American institution, as integral to the fabric of this nation as apple pie and as redolent with cultural significance as a thick wad of chawin’ terbacky.Country dri

    What are some of the classic country songs about Jack Daniel’s whiskey? Click to find out.

  • Homes With Famous Views Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 3:40 PM ET
    Whether on vacation or on the real-estate market, consumers will often shell out more cash to enjoy a beautiful view—especially when that view is well known. It can be a point of pride to have an iconic vista or landmark visible through your home’s windows, and when a house is on the market, views become a selling point.The first thing the casual browser is likely to notice is that the majority of the following selections are urban. There are, of course, famous views elsewhere, but in the case o

    Here are 11 houses for sale that feature famous views, most of them suggested by Realtor.com and Zillow.com, ranked in order from the lowest price to the highest.

  • Amazing Things Made of Chocolate Tuesday, 26 Jul 2011 | 8:49 AM ET
    Ever wonder what life would be like if you lived in Willy Wonka’s world? Think chocolate rooms, clothing and even a car. We did, so we scoured the globe to find some of the most amazing things made of chocolate. What we found were some chocolate makers who let their imaginations run wild, creating some truly unique edible objects that may surprise you. And you don’t have to be a chocoholic to appreciate these finer things in life. But we didn’t stop there, because some people took their love of

    We scoured the globe to find some of the most amazing things made of chocolate. We found some truly unique edible objects that may surprise you.

  • Colleges That Bring the Highest Paycheck 2011 Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 11:05 AM ET
    Location, prestige, academic reputation and tuition are major factors for students in the college selection process, but post-graduate salary is something rarely taken into consideration. Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities. But which undergraduate institutions offer the most valuable educations? Recently, released a report on the highest salary potential among the nation’s

    Although salaries depend heavily on a graduate’s field of work, companies are willing to pay a premium for students hailing from the nation’s top universities.

  • Top Grossing Gangster Movies Monday, 25 Jul 2011 | 7:20 AM ET
    Hollywood has long had a love affair with the world of organized crime. The sex, drugs, greed and violence were seemingly made for film. It all started in 1932, when the original "Scarface," directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hughes, hit the big screen. Censors demanded the subtitle “The Shame of the Nation” be added so filmgoers wouldn’t view the movie as a glorification of gangster life. So much for that."Scarface" was the most violent film of its time, and set the bar high for fu

    Here, we take a look at a full baker's dozen of the most successful gangster movies of all time based on inflation-adjusted box office sales.

  • America's Favorite Chocolate Candies Friday, 22 Jul 2011 | 11:02 AM ET
    It should come as no surprise that Americans have a sweet tooth. According to SymphonyIRI Group, a Chicago-based market research firm, people in the US spent more than $7 billion dollars for individual-sized chocolate candy bars, bags and boxes in just one year. But where is the bulk of that money going? Here, we take a look at those best selling individual sized chocolate candies that are satisfying American’s sugar fix. What you’ll find is that oldies are still goodies – many of the top ten ha

    Americans have a sweet tooth. Click ahead to take a look at the top ten bestselling individual-sized chocolate candies that are satisfying America’s sugar fix.

  • The Exclusive Club: Celebs Sell to Their Own Kind Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    It comes up with regularity in stories involving celebrity homes: casual mentions that other celebrities have lived in the same house.  reports that Renee Zellwegger sold two adjoining apartments in New York, and the buyer was Leelee Sobieski. Or take this story in , where Noel Gallagher of Oasis facetiously said that he’s selling his Ibiza house, which was once owned by musician/ producer Mike Oldfield, because he can’t stand the thought of his neighbor James Blunt making terrible music so clos

    Having a celebrity-studded pedigree certainly adds to the mystique and cachet of a property when it’s on the market, as are many of the following homes.

  • 10 High-Paying Government Jobs Thursday, 21 Jul 2011 | 12:34 PM ET
    One of the trademarks of the current recession has been widespread unemployment. As a result, anyone looking for a job right now should probably cast a wide net and include government jobs in their search for a regular paycheck.

    CNBC.com collected the annual salaries of employees in 10 high-earning government jobs, and compared them with salaries from the same jobs in the private sector. Check out the list!

  • Homes of Country Music Stars Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 5:36 PM ET
    Country music makers often come off as more down to earth than other famous musicians. In the past it was almost a requirement that country musicians grew up in  , and some of them even kept their digs low key once they got famous. Other country stars, especially nowadays, opt for housing that is not quite so basic or cozy—for example, young Carrie Underwood  over 400 rural Tennessee acres to call home for about $3.4 million. The same trials and tribulations of life that provide endless lyrical

    Once in a while, as you’ll see in the following slides, country musicians even move out of Tennessee. Here are some of their homes.

  • Sports for the Unathletic Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    The 42nd Annual World Series of Poker got underway on May 31, and on July 19, it came to a close. Held at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, the nine players who emerged victorious from this  will return four months later as “The November Nine” and compete in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship. The event was broadcast on the cable sports network ESPN, which begs the question, “Is poker actually a sport?”Poker is without question a game of strategy with high stakes and tense

    The definition of the word “sport” is wide and includes activities that nobody should be disqualified from participating in simply because they lack an Adonis-like physique.

  • Highlights from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 2:54 PM ET
    For the seventh year, thousands of fashion industry professionals and fans migrated to the sands of Miami Beach for one of the largest swimwear trade shows, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Miami Swim runs from Thursday, July 14 to Monday, July 18. This year, color and prints replaced last year's black and white. Designs were inspired by Aboriginal art and floral themes. There also was a large international presence of swimwear designers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, and Peru

    For the seventh year, thousands of fashion industry professionals and fans migrated to the sands of Miami Beach for one of the largest swimwear trade shows, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim.

  • 11 Public Figures Who Have Been Pied Tuesday, 19 Jul 2011 | 2:30 PM ET
    During his testimony before the British Parliament regarding News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal, an attempt was made to hit the company’s founder, Rupert Murdoch, with Murdoch and News Corp. are controversial globally, and throwing pies is a response often chosen by protestors to voice their disagreement with public figures. It is being reported the assailant was comedian Johnnie Marbles, who in the past has called Murdoch a “greedy billionaire.” So what other public figures have been hit by pie

    During his testimony before the British Parliament ran attempt was made to hit Rupert Murdoch, with a pie. So, which other public figures have been hit by pies?

  • 11 Outrageously Expensive Fast Foods Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 12:57 PM ET
    Fast food has been consistently popular all over the world for decades, for reasons that are pretty compelling—it’s tasty, it’s filling, food restaurant allows a family of four to eat for $20, and in this economy that’s a likely source of repeat business, regardless of the health implications.Still, would people be willing to pay more for fast food if it were made with better ingredients? Would they be willing to pay more for a hamburger made of high-quality beef? What if it was made from fresh

    What are some of the most outrageously expensive fast foods ever made? Click ahead to see them, in order of least to the most expensive.

  • World's Biggest Gold Reserves Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 11:17 AM ET
    With the price of gold reaching an all-time high of $1246 per ounce, in these uncertain times the market has been moving dramatically towards this traditional safe haven.  The biggest individual holders of gold - Central banks, International entities and governments - are believed to account for approximately 20.5 percent of the world's gold, holding about 29,787 tons. The numbers are taken from the monthly report produced by the , which the gold industry's key market development body. So which

    The holdings presented here are as of WGC's December 2011 report, unless otherwise noted. So, who holds the most gold? Click ahead to find out!

  • Countries With the Fastest Passenger Trains Monday, 18 Jul 2011 | 10:59 AM ET
    As rising fuel prices continue to make air and car travel more expensive, countries around the world are pushing ahead with high-speed rail plans.The global rail industry is expected to reach a value of $870 billion in 2012, according to market research firm Datamonitor.In the U.K., nearly 5 percent more passengers used trains in the first three months of 2011, compared to the year before. The country's rail network experienced a level of traffic unseen since the 1920s, according to the Associat

    CNBC.com has compiled a list of the countries with world's fastest trains based on the highest speeds that trains have reached. Here's the list!

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