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  • Imitation Homes Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 6:07 PM ET
    Some builders have a specific vision in mind when designing a home. Whether they are recreating the home of someone powerful or replicating a house from TV or in the movies, some people take their inspiration seriously and make it into their everyday reality. 

    Whether recreating the home of someone powerful or replicating a house from TV or in the movies, some people take inspiration seriously and make it into their everyday reality.

  • The Most Expensive States To Live In 2011 Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 3:02 PM ET
    You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. With the launch of CNBC's fifth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business ," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 50-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of the states with the highest cost of living also had some of the highest scores in the quality-of

    So, which states have the highest cost of living? You won’t get more for your money in these ten states.

  • Celebrities Who Abused Prescription Drugs Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
    According to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, nearly seven million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2009. However, the abuse of these medications is nothing new. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Judy Garland all indulged in these substances, with fatal results, and decades later celebrities remain the most high-profile abusers of such prescription drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone and vicodin.Click ahead to see the celebrities whose struggles with prescription drugs played out in pu

    Click to see the celebrities whose struggles with prescription drugs played out in public.

  • Fashion with a Function Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:44 PM ET
    Consumers are seeking out fashion that serves a function. From shoes that tone to fabrics that resist dirt and odors, more and more, clothes have to perform as beautifully as they look.“When you look at the quest to get the consumer to buy, differentiating yourself from the competition is the goal," said Marshall Cohen, chief industry analyst for market research company NPD Group. "Retailers are finding different ways and reasons to get consumers to buy again.” In the wake of the recession, cons

    Consumers are seeking out fashion that serves a function. From shoes that tone to fabrics that resist dirt and odors, more and more, clothes have to perform as beautifully as they look.

  • Homes of Governors Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? More than one ex-governor's house (including one featured in the following slides) has enjoyed a second career as a wedding and events venue. A handful of them have been converted to bed and breakfast guest houses (including one featured in the following slides). And a whole lot of them simply continue to serve as residences for future, less gubernatorial families. Among the aforementioned governo

    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? Click to find out!

  • Biggest Jobless Rate Declines Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:26 PM ET
    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment, even as the economy recovers.  After months of improvement, the national jobless rate has moved sideways recently, stuck around 9 percent.On a state level, the picture is mixed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 states and the District of Columbia reported jobless rate decreases between May 2010 and April 2011. Only five states registered increases, while there were three unchanged. More t

    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment. Here are the ten biggest annual declines and the states in which they took place.

  • Top of the World: Former IMF Chiefs Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 10:22 AM ET
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal in which the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was accused of assaulting a maid in a New York hotel room triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization. Click to see the former heads of the IMF.

  • Famous Celebrity Dogs Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 | 9:23 PM ET
    It’s a dog’s life! And its wow… From strutting the red carpet to eating out at expensive restaurants, these dogs owned by heads of state, music divas and even royalty, are sometimes more famous than their celebrity owners.They have fans following them on their personal websites and fashion labels inspired by them. To keep the mutts in the public eye, several celeb owners also regularly tweet about the lives of their pets.We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most famous celebrity dogs

    We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most famous dogs that have made headlines. Find out about their high lives.

  • 10 Luxurious Golf Courses Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    Donald Trump has long dreamed of building a luxury golf resort in Scotland, the birthplace of his beloved game. The $1.2 billion course was scheduled to open in July 2012, but according to statements to the UK press on June 20, 2011, it’s on hold until the financial crisis blows over. "The world has crashed," , and finishing the project “will depend on the markets.” Luckily, avid golfers don’t have to wait until the economy finally turns around, as there are plenty of impressive facilities right

    There are plenty of impressive golf courses across the US. Click to see some of the most luxurious ones!

  • The World's Most Popular Cars Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 9:34 AM ET
    In the post-globalized era, chain stores and fast-food eateries can be found almost everywhere on the planet. But when it comes to the most common car models, some of the biggest names remain unfamiliar to Americans.

    When it comes to the most common car models on Earth, some of the biggest names remain unfamiliar to Americans. Here, we present the world's most popular cars!

  • 20 Mid-Cap Stocks with Potential to Pop (Q2 2011) Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 7:39 AM ET
    It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down? To answer this question, Wall Street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. Each quarter near the end of the earnings season, CNBC's Analytics team publishes a list of 20 stocks in the S&P 500 (link to previous slideshow) trading at the greatest premiums or dis

    From the entire S&P 400 Mid Cap Index, which stocks are analysts expecting to have the biggest pops? Find out!

  • Swimwear Debuts from Resort 2012 Wednesday, 22 Jun 2011 | 3:54 PM ET
    Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Chris Benz all added swimwear to each of their resort collections for the very first time this year. Blame it on the tough retail climate, says Catherine Moellering, executive vice president of Donegar’s Tobe unit. “It’s not totally surprising that we’re seeing this,” Moellering says. She notes many other designers are expanding their brands to other retail categories and cited Tory Burch, who recently entered eyewear category, as an example. It’s all about driving m

    Jason Wu, Alexander Wang and Chris Benz added swimwear to their resort collections for the very first time this year.  Get a taste of the swimwear debut of these three designers.

  • 10 Cities Fit for Active Lifestyles Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 4:47 PM ET
    When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Some have more parks and bicycle lanes than others. Some are blessed with perfect climates. Some are situated next to national parks. And some simply have a lot of gyms. But what they all have in common are attributes that encourage people to get outside and stay active.Click ahead to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

    When it comes to resources for the physically active, not all US cities are created equal. Click to see some of the cities that are havens for physically active Americans.

  • Countries Most Exposed To The PIIGS Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    The European sovereign debt crisis continues to rattle global markets as uncertainty over austerity measures and a proposed bailout have people questioning whether the Eurozone will be able to survive more financial trauma. At the center of concerns are the "PIIGS" nations - Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain - heavily indebted countries in danger of default that could trigger an economic domino effect around the globe. In an April 2010 report, the Swiss-based  (BIS), a clearinghouse for

    So, which countries are most exposed to the PIIGS? Click for a country-by-country breakdown.

  • Cramer’s Top Picks For a Vanishing Middle Class Tuesday, 21 Jun 2011 | 1:00 PM ET
    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Pardon the literary reference, but that's probably what people will say when they look back on this "increasingly Dickensian era," Cramer said. Unlike fast-growing countries, like Brazil, China and India, the U.S.'s middle class is evaporating. In turn, the rich are spending more while everyone else is pinching pennies, he explained. As a tip of the hat to Charles Dickens, Cramer called it "A Tale of Two Cities." However disturbing this tren

    "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That's probably what people will say when they look back on this "increasingly Dickensian era," Cramer said.

  • The World's Most Influential Trade Unions Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 4:17 PM ET
    For some, they cause travel chaos, artificially inflate wages and exert undue power on democratic governments; for others, they offer representation to the voiceless, save jobs from globalization's worst imbalances and stand up to state-led tyranny.

    Trade unions remain a fearsome political and economic force around the world, able to mobilize large numbers of warm bodies to man picket lines and pressure politicians.

  • Highest Grossing Superhero Movie Franchises Monday, 20 Jun 2011 | 2:35 PM ET
    Although there are many ways to profit from the world of superheroes - toys, video games and comic books, to name a few – there is no doubt that one of the biggest money-makers in this space is on the big screen. With data from  a subsidiary of IMDB, we decided to take a look at the ten highest grossing superhero franchises of all time, five of which fall under the Marvel brand. BoxOfficeMojo reports that, since 1978, superhero movies have grossed over $8.24 billion at the domestic box office, w

    What are the highest grossing superhero franchises of all time? Click to find out!

  • Countries With the Most Expensive Private Schools Sunday, 19 Jun 2011 | 8:04 AM ET
    Despite the rising cost of private schools, demand continues to grow across the world. For many, private schooling buys luxury, exclusivity and privacy. In many developing countries, private education is a must-have for parents who want their children to succeed.Across the world, the cost of private education has risen faster than incomes. In the U.S., private high schools cost over $40,000, compared to a median income of around $50,000.  In the U.K., boarding school fees jumped 65 percent from

    Despite the rising cost of private schools, demand continues to grow across the world. Click to find out which countries have the world’s most expensive private schools.

  • Father’s Day brings to mind just how important family is and for some companies, family is at the center of their business. CNBC asked some of its top talent to highlight some of the best-known family-run companies. “Fast Money,” “Mad Money,” “Money In Motion” and “Strategy Session” all took part.In some way, shape or form, a family managed each of the following companies. Fathers, who then passed the business onto their kids, founded some of the companies. Many of these businesses are still man

    For some companies, family is at the center of their business. CNBC asked some of its top talent to highlight some of the best-known family-run companies.

  • Biggest Swings in Golf Spending 2011 Friday, 17 Jun 2011 | 3:22 PM ET
    Golf is still a “rich man’s game,” according to a study by American Express Business Insights. Despite this, the recession dealt the sport a tough blow, with golf spending falling significantly during the downturn. Fortunately, spending on golf is starting to recover, with the first signs of improvement showing up in the retail spending on items such as golf equipment and apparel. Retail sales grew 10 percent in the first quarter of 2011, compared with the same period a year ago, the study found

    Click to see which states are gaining ground, and how much spending has changed in the top five states for golf-related activities, according to American Express.

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