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  • Endangered Historic Mansions Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 10:52 AM ET
    A mansion’s former grandeur and its historic significance are often not enough to save it from deteriorating beyond repair, or from a date with the wrecking ball. Preservationists may rally and circulate petitions, but it often boils down to cost—not just to purchase a troubled estate, but to restore it. Even when mansions of a certain age do have owners keen on preservation, the structures and their grounds have massive upkeep costs. For example, the owners of the circa-1896  in Oradell, NJ say

    The following structures, compiled using suggestions from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have ties to tycoons, to the Carnegies, to the Titanic, to the Gilded Age.

  • The Case for Investing in Natural Resources Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 12:40 AM ET
    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 15: Traders watch prices in the Ten-Year Treasury Note options pit at the CME Group following the announcement by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) that they would maintain the key policy rate near zero on March 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. U.S. stock and commodity prices tumbled today following a sharp drop in Japan???s stock market, as investors worldwide worry about the economic impact of that country's recent earthquake, tsunami and unfolding nuclear crisis. (Pho

    In a recent letter to investors, Gaia Resources Fund listed 10 drivers for investing in the natural resources sector. Click to discover what they are.

  • 30 Cars That Get 30 MPG Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 3:09 PM ET
    With gasoline prices once again speeding toward $4 a gallon, fuel efficiency is becoming more of a priority for drivers.

    With gasoline prices once again speeding toward $4 a gallon, fuel efficiency is becoming more of a priority for drivers. Here are 30 cars that get over 30 miles per gallon.

  • The Biggest Holidays for Spending Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 10:48 AM ET
    Who doesn’t love a party? Holidays are a great excuse to gather family and friends for dinner and other celebrations. And with those gatherings come other expenses—new clothing, gifts, flowers, cards and other items. All together, IBISWorld estimates that Americans spend $228.4 billion on holidays throughout the year. Gifts are the most common purchase that consumers make during the major holidays, and account for 47.2 percent of total holiday sales. Food and drink make up the second largest cat

    IBISWorld estimates that Americans spend $228.4 billion on holidays throughout the year. Click to see how the holidays stack up.

  • Investor Spring Cleaning: Investing Tips Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 10:00 AM ET
    No sooner did the bull market turn two years old, did a world of worry hit the markets, as revolution in the Middle East and catastrophe Japan illustrated the negative impact of uncertainty. Lost in the blur of current events, however, is that the first quarter is typically one of the best-performing ones for stocks, with March the strongest of the three months. Don't despair. April is even better.Click ahead for some lessons about the market tumult of March and how they relate to core investing

    No sooner did the bull market turn two years old, did a world of worry hit the markets, as revolution in the Middle East and catastrophe Japan illustrated the negative impact of uncertainty.

  • The 10 Hottest Commodities of 2011 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

  • Top 10 Destinations for Family Entertainment Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:25 PM ET
    Among people who plan to travel in 2011, 83 percent will be traveling with family, and 90 percent of those traveling with family will keep their trips domestic, according to a recent TripAdvisor survey. What follows is the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation. This ranking was released as inaugural Traveler’s Choice Family list, compiled based on user reviews from TripAdvisor.com. The 10 destinations were determined ba

    Here are the top 10 destinations where these travelers have the best-rated options for entertainment, dining, and accommodation.

  • The 13 Most Divorced Celebrities Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 3:41 PM ET
    A 2010 report confirms the often-repeated statistic that 50% of all marriages in the United States now end in divorce. However, some communities are harder-hit by this epidemic than others, and the entertainment community bears more than its fair share of shattered nuptials. But this is not simply because there is a high number of divorced entertainers. Rather, there are entertainers who have divorced a high number of times, with some racking up as many as four, five or even six divorces or more

    The entertainment community bears more than its fair share of shattered nuptials. Click to see which celebrities have been the unluckiest in love and racked up the most divorces.

  • America's Weirdest Restaurants Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:58 AM ET
    Novelty and theme restaurants seem to be more common outside the U.S., especially in Asia, but we’ve uncovered 20 unusual dining experiences right here in the USA, serving cuisines from the aggressively unhealthy to whimsical works of art. Some meals come with shows and some with surprises; some of the restaurants transport diners to another time, and one to another planet. It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how m

    It’s a rare diner who will want to experience all of these restaurants, but click on ahead to see how many appeal and how many appall.

  • Weirdest Traffic Laws Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 5:07 PM ET
    You know the basic traffic laws — stop at a red light, obey the speed limit, don’t drink and drive.But this is America, land of the free and home of the make-it-up-as-you-go-along, so in addition to the standard traffic laws, there are some weird and wacky ones out there.Some of them are specific to activities common in that town or state, and some of them make you wonder why someone had to tell you it’s illegal to do that.Here are 10 of the weirdest, wackiest traffic laws in America.

    You know the basic traffic laws – stop at a red light, obey the speed limit, don’t drink and drive. But there are some crazy traffic laws out there. Here are 10 of the weirdest, wackiest traffic laws in America.

  • Financial Infidelity: Secrets That Destroy Couples Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 4:24 PM ET
    Most American adults (65 percent) have at some point combined their finances with a spouse or partner, according to a recent study by the National Endowment for Financial Education.Of those couples, one out of every three have lied about or kept secret some of their financial details, the study found. For nearly half of the couples, the deception caused an argument. Thirteen percent ended up separating their finances. But for others, the outcome was far less conciliatory. For 18 percent of the c

    Here, we take a look at the top financial deceptions among couples who have combined their finances — the financial infidelities that can destoy relationships.

  • Best Selling Video Games of This Generation Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 3:00 PM ET
    While the Halo series might be one of the biggest names in the gaming universe, the Master Chief falls a bit short when it comes to his peers. Microsoft's biggest franchise is nowhere to be found in the ranking of the industry's best selling games, as ranked by life-to-date sales. The list, calculated by the NPD Group, uses data that reaches back to 1995 is not inflation adjusted. (It looks at gross sales.) But it still shines some light on the biggest individual titles the industry. CNBC.com lo

    Wondering which video games will define this generation? CNBC.com looks at the 10 best-selling video games. Check out the list!

  • The Worlds's Biggest Music Festivals Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 11:12 AM ET
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    The biggest are in Europe, where many music fans go on an annual pilgrimage to their preferred festival. We've assembled the 20 biggest by attendance.

  • Celebrity Homes Sold at a Loss Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 5:15 PM ET
    You might think celebrities are immune from the pains of the real estate market but in fact, many of them have taken a hit.There are quite a few celebrity homes on the market that have had , though many of them would still make a profit if they sold at the current list price today. But there are others who, for one reason or another, have had to sell their homes at a loss.“Celebrities aren’t exempt from today’s national real-estate trends,” said Candice Cerro, a spokesperson for  and . And, they

    For some, it’s divorce, for others, it’s financial troubles. Whatever the reason, it’s hard to believe that starpower can’t overcome this market. Here are eight celebrity homes sold at a loss.

  • The Profitable Career of Elizabeth Taylor Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 2:49 PM ET
    On March 23, 2011, Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79. An actress who was always synonymous with glamour and class she won two Oscars and at the pinnacle of her career, was the highest paid actress in the world. Taylor also distinguished herself as a businesswoman with her own line of perfume. Click ahead to see some of the most notable moments in the life and profitable career of the late, great Elizabeth Taylor.

    On March 23, 2011, actress Elizabeth Taylor died at the age of 79. Click to see some of the most notable moments in her glamorous life and profitable career.

  • The 10 Best Selling MLB Jerseys 2010 Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 10:01 AM ET
    For years, the NBA and NFL have put out their best selling jersey sales. It's the best measure of marketability and popularity, since it's fans voting with their wallets. Major League Baseball, which set a record for merchandise sales last year, is entering the game with its top selling jerseys over the past year. Sales are from the 2010 calendar year and recorded by its official jersey maker Majestic. So, what were the best-selling MLB jerseys, by player, in the past year? Click ahead to find o

    So, what were the best-selling MLB jerseys, by player, in the past year? Click here to find out!

  • Home Renovations: Vanity Versus Value Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:36 PM ET
    After an unsustainable housing market that embodied “more, more, more,” there is now a move toward pragmatism and modesty. More homeowners are actually living in the homes they own and there is less talk of investments and flipping those houses. “I’ve been renovating houses or writing about them for almost 40 years, and I am seeing a definite shift towards a greater insistence on value in the renovation projects people are taking on,” says Michael Litchfield, author of In-Laws, Outlaws, and Gran

    Click to see what types of home renovations are working out well on the market, and which ones are not.

  • South Beach Wine and Food Festival 2011 Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:33 PM ET
    The music industry comes together at South by Southwest in Austin every year, and the film industry gathers at Sundance in Park City. So where do the big names in the culinary world flock? To the hot scene at Miami's South Beach, where they attend the annual South Beach Wine and Food festival (SOBE), presented by industry magazine More than 53,000 foodies, eaters and chowhounds attended the event last month, serving up signature dishes at hip venues around Miami. The nearly $600 billion restaura

    So where do the big names in the culinary world flock? To the hot scene at Miami's South Beach, where they attend the annual South Beach Wine and Food festival (SOBE).

  • India Fashion Week 2011 Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 9:29 PM ET
    Models display creations during the Gennext Designers show at the opening of the Summer Resort 2011 Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai on March 11, 2011. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)

    The 2011 edition of India’s annual show-stopper the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort ended last week in the entertainment capital of Mumbai. Check out the highlights!

  • The World's Longest-Ruling Dictators Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 6:38 PM ET
    With civil unrest spreading from the Middle East to other countries around the world with the help of social networking, it seems that no authoritarian ruler is safe. With this in mind, the question is who's next? The sudden disintegration of the multi-decade rule of leaders like Hosni Mubarak suggests that other long-standing dictators could go.Although Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and North Korea's Kim Jong Il draw the world's attention, the list of rulers considered to be dictators is a long one.A

    So, which dictators have been in power the longest and how have their economies fared under their rule? Find out!

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