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  • Notable Guests of the Robin Hood Gala 2011 Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 4:07 PM ET
    The Robin Hood Foundation's annual gala raised an estimated $47 million to help New York's poorest and U.S. veterans Monday night.Check out some movers and shakers who attended the event.

    The Robin Hood Foundation's annual gala raised an estimated $47 million to help New York's poorest and U.S. veterans Monday night.

  • Scenes From The 2011 Floods Tuesday, 10 May 2011 | 11:35 AM ET
    The ongoing flood situation along the Mississippi River threatens hundreds of thousands of square miles, including the Louisiana cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge.Many low-lying areas surrounding the Mississippi River have already been affected, including floods in the area, which experienced record flood levels. With the opening of the Morganza Spillway, evacuations have been taking place in the area as the region braces for the oncoming floodwaters. Opening the spillway is expected to affe

    The Mississippi River crested in Memphis at nearly 48 feet on May 10, falling short of its all-time record but still soaking low-lying areas with enough water to require a massive cleanup.

  • The Best Money Movie Monologues Monday, 9 May 2011 | 3:27 PM ET
    The business world has served as the backdrop for some of the most entertaining movies ever made. The industries var y wildly, and everything from real estate to fashion to organized crime has had its moment on the silver screen. However, whatever the business might be, one thing is likely --- at some point, one of the characters will let us know with a monologue exactly what makes the enterprise tick. Click ahead to see 14 of the most iconic monologues about business in cinema history.

    The business world has served as the backdrop for some of the most entertaining movies ever made. Click to see 14 of the most iconic monologues about business in cinema history.

  • Unexpected Origins of Big Companies Friday, 6 May 2011 | 5:25 PM ET
    Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour.Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour. Originally, they might have made textiles, soap or weapons. In at least one case, they were kind of a cult before planting their corporate roots. Today, those stories have largely trailed off , and we know them as powerhouses in retail, manufacturing and technology. Here are the unusual orgins of some big companies.

    Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour. Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour.

  • 10 Outrageous Objects Made of Gold Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 8:57 PM ET
    With gold hitting record highs, we were thinking about all the different ways you can own it.Sure, you can buy gold bars, or an ETF to try to take advantage of the hot metal's rise. Or you can go for something a little more fun. So here's a look at some unusual ways some people have found to stake their gold claims.

    For some people, gold is the ultimate safe haven commodity. Here's a look at the 10 most outrageous items some people have found to stake their gold claims.

  • Companies That Are Hiring Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 5:25 PM ET
    Finally, we’ve moved from a jobless recovery to a recovery where companies are actually hiring.More than  have been created in the past seven months, according to the Labor Department. And layoffs have been tapering off for more than a year now: There were just 37,000 positions lost in April, the third lowest in the past 16 months, according to the latest report from .“At the beginning of this year, we moved into a period of much stronger job creation,” said John Challenger, CEO of the company.

    As companies grew more confident in the recovery this year – and their profits – many announced plans to hire new workers. Here are more than 10 big companies that are hiring.

  • Home Alone House For Sale Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 4:42 PM ET
    The titular home used in the 1990 family comedy Home Alone (and Home Alone 2) is for the first time since the shoot, at a list price of $2.4 million. As with many location sites associated with the movie’s writer, John Hughes, this red-brick Colonial Georgian is located in the Chicago area, in historic Winnetka on the North Shore. Sellers John and Cynthia Abendshien retain very fond memories about the film's shooting, which took place over five and a half months. In fact this wasn’t the first ti

    The titular home used in the 1990 family comedy Home Alone (and Home Alone 2) is up for sale for the first time since the shoot, at a list price of $2.4 million!

  • The Most Expensive U.S. Military Vehicles Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 4:12 PM ET
    According to its manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, the F-22 Raptor is the best combat aircraft on earth. While this might seem tantamount to saying your son is brilliant, one look at the aircraft’s capabilities actually bears out the manufacturer’s statement. It can break the sound barrier, it can avoid detection by radar and it can shoot down cruise missiles. Unfortunately, an Air Force budget document estimated that one unit costs $150 million, with an overall program cost of $65 billion. The hig

    No other country on earth has a larger defense budget than the United States. What are the most expensive U.S. military vehicles? Find out.

  • Houses for Sale Under $55K Thursday, 5 May 2011 | 2:24 PM ET
    Low-priced houses can be found almost everywhere, but they’re not for everyone. For the adventurous buyers, many of these houses will need TLC, an owner with DIY skills (not to mention HGTV) and in some cases, judicious use of a sledgehammer, backhoe and rental Dumpster. When searching the clearance rack of houses, keep in mind that you will encounter some fake wood paneling, many cheap veneer countertops, and unfortunate paint color choices. But you’ll also see original windows and doors, scree

    See a collection of houses, counting down from most “expensive” to the rock-bottom cheapest deal, provided by Trulia.com and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Real Estate site.

  • The 10 Best Cities for Bachelors Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 3:28 PM ET
    What’s important to single men? According to  menu bar, it’s "gaming, girls, humor, movies, music, sports, stuff, TV and video."Time and money are precious, so when it comes to where  guys  live, their priorities are that it fit their budget, be close to work and close to nightlife (i.e., girls), according to a recent survey by .Not surprisingly, having a spacious kitchen was NOT important to 96 percent of the bachelors surveyed, backing up the theory that single guys live on takeout. They also

    What makes a city great for single guys? Cool neighborhoods and nightlife -- and a healthy ratio of women to men. Here are the 10 best cities for bachelors, according to Rent.com.

  • Hotels Owned by Celebrities Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 4:07 PM ET
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    In these hotels, resorts, and one personal beach house, the owners range from musicians to fashion personalities to stars from Hollywood and television.

  • The World's Hardest Working Nations Tuesday, 3 May 2011 | 12:27 PM ET
    Which countries are among the world's busiest and hard est -working nations?  latest Society at a Glance survey investigated the number of hours the population of its member countries spent in both paid and unpaid work (whether at working at home or in voluntary work), as well as how much time people spent in leisure activities. It also looked at a number of emerging market countries including India, South Africa and China. While you may assume you know which countries have the ‘work ethic , ’ t

    While you may have an idea of the countries that have the strongest ‘work ethic,’ the results may surprise you.

  • Osama Dead: The World Reacts Monday, 2 May 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    Thousands of people poured into the streets outside the White House and in New York City early Monday, waving U.S. flags, cheering and honking horns to celebrate al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death. Almost 10 years after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington that killed nearly 3,000 people, residents found joy, comfort and closure with the death of the mastermind of the plot. For many, it was a historic, long-overdue moment. Following are images from the celebrations and

    Thousands of people poured into the streets outside the White House and in New York City waving U.S. flags, cheering and honking horns to celebrate al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden's death.

  • World's Most Expensive Casino Properties Sunday, 1 May 2011 | 7:20 PM ET
    The world's gaming industry depends on delivering that larger than life experience so that it can keep drawing in millions of gamblers each month. The worldwide casino industry is expected to deliver revenues of $144 billion this year alone.Little wonder, gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most oste

    Gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. Click to read about some of the most expensive casino properties ever built.

  • World's Most Expensive Casino Properties Sunday, 1 May 2011 | 6:58 PM ET
    The world's gaming industry depends on delivering that larger than life experience so that it can keep drawing in millions of gamblers each month. The worldwide casino industry is expected to deliver revenues of $144 billion this year alone.Little wonder, gaming companies are constantly trying to outdo themselves with the most extravagant properties. From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most oste

    From recreating Venice on a little island in East Asia to building replicas of Parisian monuments in Vegas, casino projects are often the most ostentatious and expensive private constructions.

  • Life on the Lam: Financial Fugitives Friday, 29 Apr 2011 | 3:47 PM ET
    Scam artists come and go, but those that do their dirty deeds and leave the authorities holding the bag are few and far between. Some aren't so clever, and end up being caught quickly. But others live for years hiding in remote parts of the world, or living in plain view, protected by a lack of extradition agreements. They're cunning, clever and sometimes considered very, very dangerous.Here, we take a look at some of the most notorious financial fugitives of the last 25 years. Some are living l

    Here, we take a look at some of the most notorious financial fugitives of the last 25 years. Some are living life on the lam, others are doing time in the can.

  • It takes a lot to shift the course of an industry. For every truly disruptive company, there are dozens that try and fail – and plenty of copycats that follow, but fall short of the new model. Being disruptive doesn't always mean being first to the market with an idea. It's about executing it better than any competitor – and staying ahead of the curve from there. So, which products and companies that have changed the way the world does business? Click ahead for the list!

    So, which products and companies that have changed the way the world does business? Click ahead for the list!

  • Biggest Waterfront Homes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 5:57 PM ET
    When the “location location location” is “waterfront, waterfront, waterfront,” high-end real estate enters a whole new plane—often one with multihued sunset views. We sought out the largest examples of waterfront mansions—from “smallest” (a mere 10,000 or so square feet) to some of the largest ones on the market. Here are ten such amazing residences, provided by  and . Click ahead and let the shimmery real estate fantasies commence.

    We sought out the largest examples of waterfront mansions—from “smallest” (a mere 10,000 or so square feet) to some of the largest ones on the market. Here are ten such amazing residences.

  • The Homes of Donald Trump Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 4:15 PM ET
    Donald Trump has been making a lot of headlines lately. However, that’s nothing new. His career began in the 1960s, when he took a foreclosed Cincinnati apartment complex and turned it around for a tidy profit. Then he turned his attention to revitalizing pieces of Manhattan real estate that had been forsaken during its 1970s financial crisis. After restoring Central Park’s Wollman Rink in the 1980s, he gained the high profile that he enjoys today, and it shows no signs of abating. Trump is most

    Click to see the real estate properties that Donald Trump has called home in the last few years, and a few that represent his company’s future.

  • Scenes From The 2011 Tornadoes Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 3:49 PM ET
    2011 has been a tough year for US residents in areas affected by tornadoes. Most recently, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a massive tornado that is thought to be the deadliest in 60 years. Earlier in the year, dozens of massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the Southeastern U.S., killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris. Although the economic losses are not yet clear, the devastation caus

    2011 has been a difficult year for those in the South and Midwest United States. Following are a collection of images that show the destruction created from the tornadoes this year.

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