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States Most In Need of an eCommerce Sales Tax Fri, 14 May '10 | 11:56 AM ET
In the wake of the recession, unprecedented budget gaps are pushing state governments to make difficult reductions in spending - from education cuts and worker furloughs to state-wide "garage sales" - to make up for revenue shortfalls. One point of contention is how cross-border sales taxes are collected. In some states, if a retailer sells merchandise via their website or catalog, but has no physical presence in the state, no sales tax is collected. Recently, the National Conference of State Le

In this environment, which states stand to collect the most from a cross-border sales tax, relative to their budget gaps? Click ahead to find out!

Best Performing Weight-Loss Stocks Thu, 13 May '10 | 3:45 PM ET
Nearly two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese, and childhood obesity is triple what it was a generation ago. It all adds up to a public health crisis, but for companies that manufacture or sell products, services, diets and foods designed to help people lose weight, it's a $60 billion industry that fattens their stock price. Here are some of the companies associated with the weight-loss industry whose stocks have performed well over the last five years, and are likely to co

Check out some of the companies associated with the weight-loss industry whose stocks have performed well over the last five years, and are likely to continue.

The 10 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time Thu, 13 May '10 | 3:17 PM ET
Ahhhhh, graduation season! That time of year when we take our youngest and brightest and kick them out of the academic nest and into the real world. Before they go forth, flapping and squawking into the world, we usually send in one of our top leaders of business, politics or pop music to offer some words of inspiration and wisdom to guide their flight path – or at least entertain them while they flail. And so, without further ado, here are the 10 Best Graduation Speechs of All Time -- from Will

Here are the 10 Best Graduation Speeches of All Time...from Will Ferrell to Steve Jobs and more!

America's Highest Paid CEOs Tue, 11 May '10 | 2:11 PM ET
Although it was a volatile year for the markets, in 2009 most companies saw dramatic upswings in share prices from March lows. Despite regaining billions in market value, many CEOs came under criticism for recessionary belt-tightening amid high unemployment. Some CEOs, however, are looking at what the Associated Press calls a “once in a lifetime pay bonanza,” in which executives received annual stock compensations when the market was at its lows, and then became considerably wealthier when stock

For comparison, we’ve also provided information on stock performance over the past year, although for some of these CEOs, their first day on the job was sometime mid-year 2009.

U.S. Cities With The Most Underwater Mortgages Mon, 10 May '10 | 10:45 AM ET
For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure. , a firm that compiles US real estate and mortgage information, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity. Included in the data is the “Zillow Home Values Index,” which repres

Zillow.com, has put together a list of the 156 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negative equity.

Largest US Auto-Related Recalls Fri, 7 May '10 | 1:34 PM ET
Toyota has recalled more than 8 million vehicles worldwide since October, with  5.6 million of those in the United States, making it one of the largest US auto-related recalls of all time.In April, the company agreed to a record $16.4 million fine for its slow response in recalling vehicles due to a problem with sticking gas pedals — the equivalent of a little more than $2 for every vehicle the company sold around the globe in 2009. It's a big and costly recall for Toyota. But how does it compar

So how does the recent Toyota recall compare to other major recalls in the past? Here, we break down the largest US auto-related recalls of all time.

Million Dollar Foreclosures Fri, 7 May '10 | 9:31 AM ET
As the foreclosure rate in the low-to-mid -income housing market shows some signs of stabilizing, the rate for the high-end, or luxury, market is increasing. Here's a list of some bank-owned properties, known as REO, priced over a million dollars, which are currently on the market.

The rate for the high-end, or luxury, market is increasing. Here's a list of some bank-owned properties currently on the market—priced for more than a million dollars.

America's Best Cities for Six-Figure Jobs Thu, 6 May '10 | 7:29 PM ET
Looking to make a six-figure salary this year? Your chance of being among the 10 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. who earn more than $100k a year depends, in part, on where you live. Big pay tends to be concentrated in big cities and their surrounding areas, according to Alex Douzet, president of TheLadders, a $100k+ job search site. It is also concentrated in certain sectors, notably finance and information technology, followed by health care, biopharma, engineering, aerospace and defen

Looking to make a six-figure salary this year? Your chance of being among the 10 percent of full-time workers in the U.S. who earn more than $100k a year depends, in part, on where you live.

UK National Election 2010 Thu, 6 May '10 | 10:31 AM ET

Almost a fifth of voters switched allegiances as a result of the televised leaders' debates, according to a poll. That could set up the UK for a hung parliament.

The Dome Project In Pictures Tue, 4 May '10 | 1:50 PM ET
With options for containment running low and the environmental disaster widening to more regions of the Gulf Coast, the next step in containment is the use of a 98-ton, four-story structure to stem the leak. The basic idea of the "Pollution Control Dome" is that it will stop the leak, equalize the pressure and allow for the leaking oil to be pumped to the surface. Although this will do nothing for the oil already leaked, this may substantially cut the spill's environmental impact until other mea

With options for containment running low and the environmental disaster widening to more regions of the Gulf Coast, the next step is the use of a 98-ton, four-story structure to stem the leak.

The World's Best Places To Live 2010 Tue, 4 May '10 | 11:50 AM ET
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the  (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions. The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environme

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions.

Hot Cars From The Beijing Auto Show Mon, 3 May '10 | 12:40 PM ET

The cars displayed were either environmentally friendly, fast or small and sometimes all three. Take a look at some of the highlights from the 2010 Beijing International Auto Show.

America’s Riskiest Cities for Cyber Crime Mon, 3 May '10 | 9:28 AM ET
Is your city more likely than others to fall prey to cyber crime?  Symantec Corporation, one of the world’s largest makers of antivirus software and the independent research firm Sperling’s BestPlaces, collaborated on a report that ranks the top 50 cities most at risk for cyber crime.The rankings are based on anumber of factors, including cyber crimes reported, level of Internet access, expenditures on computer hardware and software, wireless hotspots, broadband connectivity, Internet usage and

Is your city more likely than others to fall prey to cyber crime? Click to find out.

Top Cities To Find A Job Fri, 30 Apr '10 | 2:19 PM ET

Getting no where in your job search? You'll have a better chance of getting one at these 10 cities.

Scenes From The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Fri, 30 Apr '10 | 12:32 PM ET
In what could potentially be the worst Oil spill in American history, the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off the coast of Louisiana has produced some dramatic imagery. To help understand the full scope of the disaster, we will be updating this story with new images as the event unfolds. Click ahead for images from the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

The spill that followed the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform off the coast of Louisiana has become the worst oil spill in American history. Click for images.

Labor Unions Vs. Wall Street Fri, 30 Apr '10 | 10:56 AM ET

A crowd of an estimated 7,500 workers and union leaders marched down Broadway toward the city's financial district. Check out the images.

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
There have been numerous high profile class action lawsuits over the years, many involving securities fraud. But other famous class action lawsuits relate to pharmaceutical drugs, credit card abuses, and dangerous or unhealthy products. Here, we present the top 10 class action lawsuits either won, settled, pending, or in terms of damages sought as compiled by LawInfo.com.  (Note: although corporations may be found legally and financially responsible for damages in these types of cases, they are

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.

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