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  • World's Most Expensive Cigars and Cigarettes Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:39 PM ET
    An estimated 50 million people in the United States alone light up a cigar or cigarette every day. While the vast majority smoke standard-quality products — which certainly don't come cheap — some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.Some companies create promotional products or gimmicks, like the famed $100,000 Lucky Strikes sold in 2007. The cigarettes came in eight carat white gold packages displaying a large

    While the vast majority smokers buy standard-quality products, some take their smoking rituals to another level, paying a hefty price for the luxury and relaxation that smoking can provide.

  • Scenes from New Zealand Earthquake 2011 Sunday, 27 Feb 2011 | 11:40 PM ET

    The 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck New Zealand's second largest city last week killed at least 148 people and forced hundreds to evacuate for fear of further aftershocks.

  • The Top 10 Family Cars of 2011 Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    “Just as there is no perfect family, there is no perfect family vehicle that is just right for all families, all the time,” says said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com."However, there are many great options available on the market today in various segments,” he notes, and fortunately for those in the car-buying market, has just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and

    For those in the car-buying market, KBB.com just provided their annual listing of the cars best suited for transporting families, large or small, and all that comes with them.

  • Celebrity Homes With Prices Slashed Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 6:01 PM ET
    Homeowners have taken a beating since the housing bubble burst and no one is safe — not even celebrities.“As sellers, celebrities are no better than the rest of us!” said Amy Bohutinsky, vice president of marketing and communications at real-estate web site Zillow found more than dozen celebrity homes on the market right now that have had to take price cuts and the numbers are astonishing: The listing prices have been slashed anywhere from 4 to nearly 50 percent.And, being celebrities, who are u

    Here are more than a dozen celebrity homes currently on the market and the "bargain" price they're going for now!

  • The 15 Lowest-Grossing Oscar Winners Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 2:54 PM ET
    When it comes to effectively marketing a movie, it’s hard to do better than the Academy Award for Best Picture. Driving Miss Daisy sold a respectable number of tickets in general release, but when it won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1989, its box office receipts jumped by almost 30%. However, while it’s true that no Oscar winner for Best Picture has ever lost money, there are some movies that even Hollywood’s most coveted award can’t turn into blockbusters, and others that have won the award an

    Click to see our list of the 15 lowest-grossing Oscar winners of all time, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • Where Have I Seen That Hotel? Wednesday, 23 Feb 2011 | 6:48 PM ET
    By the time major hotels reach a certain age they have often been residences for the famous and once-famous, and they even serve as the location for of history in the making. When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following ten hotels. Some of them have been the site of numerous shoots and others are known just for one distinctive film. Click ahead to see those

    When hotels and resorts are attractively appointed and they hang around long enough, they often attain a pedigree of filming and television locations, as is the case with the following 10 hotels.

  • After Madoff: Most Notable Ponzi Scams Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    South Florida attorney Scott Rothstein was the mastermind behind the biggest Ponzi scheme in that state's  history. Known for his lavish spending and charitable contributions, Rothstein also helped raise money for 2008 Presidential hopeful John McCain.In June of 2010, he received a 50-year prison sentence for running a $1.2 billion investment scam through his firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler. Rothstein said he didn't deserve more than 30 years because he pleaded guilty, spilled his guts to the fe

    Here, we take a look at some of the most notable Ponzi scheme scams to come to light since the Bernard Madoff case.

  • 13 Actors Hit With The Oscar Curse Tuesday, 22 Feb 2011 | 3:36 PM ET

    As Academy Award season approaches, it’s not uncommon to hear talk about the “Oscar Jinx." Click to see the actors and actresses whose careers declined once they won the Academy Award.

  • 11 Major International Political Scandals Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 1:54 PM ET
    On April 6, 2011, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is scheduled to stand trial for charges stemming from his relationship with Karima el-Mahroug, a nightclub dancer who performs under the name Ruby Heart-Stealer. According to the charges, he paid el-Mahroug for sex while she was still underage, and when she was arrested for theft, he used his political muscle to have her released from police custody. Berlusconi has been in this type of trouble before, but it’s widely speculated that this

    Click to see international political scandals that raised eyebrows and kept the tabloids in wide circulation.

  • 12 Devastating Sports Departures Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 11:45 AM ET
    When LeBron James left the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2010 and became a free agent, many teams tried to gain his services. A media frenzy ensued and in the hours leading up to the announcement of James’ new team, speculation reached a fever pitch. Finally, he ended the suspense and announced that he would sign with the Miami Heat. The Cavaliers were forgotten in the chaos and without him they became just another team, at one point losing 25 games in a row and, according to analys

    Many sports teams have seen their fortune go from good to bad when a star athlete jumps ship. Click to see some of the most painful defections in sports history.

  • America’s Worst Speed Traps Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 5:24 PM ET
    If you’ve ever been pulled over for speeding, you know it feels like you’re a gazelle that just got taken down by a lion.And, while this recession, and the gaping budget holes that resulted, have turned most cities into a jungle for motorists, there are some cities that have far more speed traps than others. And automated traffic cams have only egged them on – Now they can snag just as many motorists for speeding, if not more, with less manpower.It’s hard to get this information from the police

    There are some cities that are far tougher on motorists than others. Here are the top 10 cities with the most speed traps in America!

  • Surprising Terms That Were Once Trademarks Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Most people know when they say “band aid,” “jello,” “coke,” or “post-it” as a generic term that it’s really a trademarked brand name still protected by law. There are names with less awareness like Crock Pot, which is used generally to indicate a slow cooker appliance, but is currently a trademark of Rival. Others like this include Bubble Wrap (trademarked by Sealed Air), Onesies (trademarked by Gerber), Styrofoam (trademarked by Dow), and Hula Hoop, Frisbee, and Hacky Sack (all from Whammo). It

    Click to see 10 generic - and surprising - terms that you might not have realized were once trademarked.

  • 10 Massive Advertising Campaign Failures Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | 9:26 AM ET
    The memorable ad campaign is the Holy Grail for advertisers, all of whom hope to come up with their own “Got Milk?” or “Where’s the Beef?” However, some ad campaigns become unforgettable not for their effectiveness, but for the utter lack of common sense involved in making them. These campaigns didn’t just fail to attract business; they offended viewers, generated congressional investigations and occasionally inspired criminal activity. Click ahead to see the advertising campaigns that misfired

    Some ad campaigns become unforgettable not for their effectiveness, but for the utter lack of common sense involved in making them.

  • The Best Websites for Steals and Deals Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 6:11 PM ET
    When it comes to online deals, one name comes up constantly. Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up to count (let’s call them the Grouponites). In fact, there are so many that even the aggregators to collect the best deals from the Grouponites, such as Yipit, are numerous. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty. There are private sale sites and deal aggregate sites, and many of these websites offer bonus for inviting yo

    Everyone knows Groupon by now, and too many deal-a-day imitators to count have sprung up. But what else is out there for finding great deals online? Plenty.

  • The Red Cross's Twitter Mishap Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 4:48 PM ET
    Gloria Huang, the Red Cross “Social Media Specialist” recently found herself in a social media jam. Huang, who was sober, thought she was sending a personal tweet about drinking Dog Fish Head beer.Major organizations have made similar Twitter gaffes, but this particular one turned out well for The Red Cross, which may serve as a model for handling Twitter mistakes in the future. Click ahead to see how the Twitter conversation went down!

    Major organizations have made similar Twitter gaffes, but this one turned out well for The Red Cross, which may serve as a model for handling Twitter mistakes in the future.

  • Toy Fair 2011: The Coolest Toys Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | 11:27 AM ET
    Toy land is a happier place these days. After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. The upbeat tone was felt at the the largest toy trade show in the Western Hemisphere, which took place at the Javitz Center in New York City. Attendance at the show was up quite a bit both in terms of the people walking the booths and those showing their wares. The coming year will bring a number of toy-friendly movies such as “Cars 2

    After logging its first sales gains since 2006, the toy industry is heading into 2011 more optimistic about the year ahead. Here are some of the coolest gadgets from the 108th annual American International Toy Fair!

  • Best Educational Family Trips Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 3:26 PM ET
    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options. To narrow it down, we’ve picked suggestions for eight types of kids, from budding chef to history buff, to drama queen, to animal lover. Here, assembled with input from Eileen Ogintz, creator of the travel resource and the writers at are plenty of ideas for educational family fun.

    For parents in search of excursions that provide a little more mental stimulation than the beach, the choices abound. It’s just a matter of picking from the wealth of options.

  • America's Top Charitable Donors of 2010 Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | 10:34 AM ET
    Despite more than 50 billionaires announcing last year they would devote at least half of their wealth to charity, few made big gifts in 2010, according to a new ranking of the  in America by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.The three biggest names in philanthropy—Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett—don’t appear in the rankings because the money they gave in 2010 ($46.4 million and $1.9 billion, respectively) was to pay off pledges announced in previous years. The list includes only new pledg

    Click to see 2010's top 10 U.S. philanthropists, as ranked by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

  • The 10 Cleanest Cities Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 9:27 PM ET
    Cities are not exactly synonymous with cleanliness; so how to determine which are the closest to that ideal? Ireland and Australia have their annual Tidy Town competitions, but it takes more than an attractive square and an effective anti-litter campaign for large metropolitan areas to be considered tidy.Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its . The 2010 survey crunched data from 221 cities. Drawing from this data, Mercer also compiles an e

    Each year, the consulting, outsourcing and investment firm Mercer ranks cities worldwide in its Quality of Living Survey. Here are the 10 cleanest cities.

  • New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 Monday, 14 Feb 2011 | 12:11 PM ET
    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off its second season in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park where thousands of fashion industry professionals will gather to see over 85 of the world’s most established and up-and-coming designers present their Collections for the Fall 2011 season.Each year, the 232,000 attendees at Fashion Week generate more than $466 million in direct visitor spending and contribute $1.6 billion in annual tax revenue to the City’s fashion industry.

    Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off its second season in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. Click to see some memorable images!

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