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  • 10 Business Fakes Made in China Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 2:28 PM ET
    China has become known as the epicenter for producing a wide variety of counterfeit and bootlegged consumer products, but a trend has emerged over the past few years of faking full retail operations.A relatively new phenomenon, these rogue counterfeit businesses are a problem for companies that are trying to establish a brand image in China’s emerging economy. While some of these operations sell actual products from the legitimate companies, many simply copy the retail format, right down to even

    China has become known as the epicenter for a wide variety of counterfeit consumer products, but a trend has emerged over the past few years of faking full retail operations.

  • 10 Award-Winning Wines You've Never Heard Of Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
    Whether you know a Burgundy from Bordeaux or a Rioja from Chianti, you’re probably aware that they are great wine-producing regions and you may have tried a glass or two. If New World wines are your thing, California, Australia, Chile, and New Zealand have become known for the quality of their wines. But the "old" and "new" worlds have recently been joined by a number of emerging wine regions in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. This year, the Decanter World Wine Awards—the world’s bigg

    This year, the Decanter World Wine Awards—the world’s biggest with more than 12,000 entries—awarded coveted medals to a number of wines. Check out the list!

  • Seven States With Sky-High Insurance Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

  • 15 Dangerous Cities for Driving Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 4:57 PM ET
    There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level. U.S. cities with a population of 150,000 or more were up for consideration, using the most recent motor vehicle crash data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System.One particular region of the country, the South, is ov

    Which cities are the most dangerous to drive in? Click to see the 15 cities that ranked the worst for fatalities per 100,000 population.

  • 10 Performance Enhancing Sports Products Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:56 PM ET
    When it comes to products designed to enhance athletic performance, the marketplace is full of options. There’s apparel that’s specially designed to enhance speed. Balls with state-of-the-art aerodynamic technology that affects their trajectory. There are even accessories that are thought to utilize the tenets of New Age philosophy to align the wearer’s , thereby making an athlete's gait as effortless as that of a winged cheetah with the wind at his back.Manufacturers claim their products can ma

    What are some of the more notable products available on the market today that are said to enhance athletic performance? Click ahead and find out.

  • 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.

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