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  • 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!

  • Dirty Jobs Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 5:46 PM ET
    You know what they say, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it. There are hundreds of dirty jobs out there – dirty, stinky, smelly, messy, sloppy, gross, grueling, get-up-in-there jobs that most of us can’t imagine doing once, never mind every day. There are so many, that an entire is dedicated to dirty jobs.These jobs are essential to making our society run cleanly and efficiently, and the men and women who do these jobs are the unsung heroes of the American workforce. They make the jobs

    You know what they say, it’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it.  Here are 10 of the dirtiest, stinkiest, messiest, grossest jobs — and what they entail.

  • 20 Cities You Don't Want to Live In...Yet Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 1:53 PM ET
    Piling on is an age-old tradition. People get a whiff of negative air and, like a pack of wolves, turn against it.That has happened to a lot of cities, many of which were struggling to reinvent themselves from industrial towns. The recession didn’t help and now that the recovery has gained momentum in the broader economy, many towns are having to work twice as hard to jumpstart growth. came up with a list of 20 cities that, by the numbers, are some of the most beaten-up, undesirable cities in Am

    Here are 20 cities that have been beaten down and what's good about them. They are the places you don't want to live...yet.

  • Mad Money Mobile Internet Index Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    The mobile Internet’s growth is a trend on par with the mass adoption of the personal computer, Cramer said. Smartphones, which handle everything from voice to video to data, soon will be as ubiquitous as the PCs we now take for granted. This means that the related companies, and their shareholders, should see gains for many years to come. To track the trend, Cramer created the Mad Money Mobile Internet Index, a group of 21 stocks at the heart of the industry. The index starts at 100, and its ri

    Smartphones soon will be as ubiquitous as the PCs we now take for granted. This means that the related companies, and their shareholders, should see gains for many years to come.

  • Most Extreme RVs Friday, 18 Mar 2011 | 11:19 AM ET
    Recreational Vehicles, or RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. One could easily kill a day on the web by using the search terms weird, strange, or crazy RVs. Do it yourself seems to be a favorite ethos for the RV crowd, so there are too many customized motor homes to consider showing them all here. Instead, we’ve selected some of the most odd and unusual standouts, and present them in order from the smallest on up to the one

    RVs, also known as motor homes, motorcoaches, and “land yachts” celebrated 100 years of existence last year. Here's some of the most unusual examples of homes on wheels.

  • Libya and Bahrain in Pictures Thursday, 17 Mar 2011 | 2:59 PM ET
    A Libyan rebel fighter flashs the victory sign as he carries rocket propelled grenades at a check point near the key city of Ajdabiya on March 23, 2011 as government forces have encircled the town.

    It is often said that a picture speaks a thousand words, but these images arguably speak volumes about the violence and political turmoil in Libya and Bahrain.

  • 11 Nuclear Meltdowns and Disasters Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 2:21 PM ET
    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. One of the sites most affected by the devastation was the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which experienced a partial meltdown two days after the quake. The incident is being called the worst nuclear accident since the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl, and it has shown few signs of slowing down. Click ahead to see 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

    On March 11, 2011, an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale struck Japan, bringing a destructive tsunami along with it. See 11 other history-making nuclear disasters.

  • Legacy Estates For Sale Wednesday, 16 Mar 2011 | 12:50 PM ET
    Back when being a millionaire still meant something, tycoons, barons, and old money-types procured and built grand palaces with their riches. Many of the most famous family estates are no longer occupied by the families that built them and are now open to the public, such as the Vanderbilts’ Biltmore, the Hearsts’ Hearst Castle, and the Rockefellers’ Kykuit. The aforementioned are big houses with names, built for big names. But today, family compounds and family estates don’t seem to get passed

    We rounded up some homes, compounds, and estates that have been in the same families (prominent and private) for generations, but which are now up for purchase on the market.

  • The Most Costly Earthquakes of All Time Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 3:07 PM ET
    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country. Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake is a rare event, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Globally we experience an average of only one earthquake above an 8.0 magnitude each year. This, of course, varies from year to year, with the most recent examples being four 8.0+ magnitude earthquakes in 2007 and zero in 2008.

    The March 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan has rocked international markets as the world tries to gauge the reality of the human and economic devastation in the country.

  • Five South By Southwest Success Stories Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
    While its roots might be in the music industry, the annual South by Southwest has had a number of business success stories as well. Its days as a tech showcase might be waning somewhat, but some of the biggest Internet brands took off at the show - and several notable up and coming sites have the Austin get-together to thank. Here are some of the most notable success stories.Click ahead for success stories that have come out of South By Southwest.

    While its roots might be in the music industry, the annual South by Southwest has had a number of business success stories as well.

  • Scenes From the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Monday, 14 Mar 2011 | 1:41 PM ET
    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service. The quake created a 10-meter Tsunami that washed away houses, cars and boats. Here are scenes from the devastation.

    The biggest earthquake to hit Japan in 140 years, measured 8.9 on the Richter scale according to the U.S. Geological Service.

  • Best Cities: Buying A Vacation Home Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 4:58 PM ET
    When the real-estate bubble burst, some of the hardest-hit markets were sunny destinations. That means there are some serious bargains out there for vacation homes“A lot of those markets — Florida, Nevada, Arizona and even some markets in California — were also foreclosure hot spots and overbuilt, so there are home bargains galore in those areas, many of which are actually newer housing stock,” said Tara-Nicholle Nelson, consumer educator for real-estate site  Home prices rose temporarily in 200

    When the real-estate bubble burst, some of the hardest-hit markets were sunny destinations. That means there are some serious bargains out there for vacation homes.

  • Time Warp Towns Friday, 11 Mar 2011 | 12:17 PM ET
    Time warp towns are those out-of-time discoveries that make for road trip gold: downtowns populated with of former Woolworths-turned- antiques booth malls, neon signs for Rheingold or Schaeffer, gingerbread detailing, town squares, monuments, cobblestones, and/or apple pie! The buildings where the local history was made are still standing, and if you squint it seems like you’ve gone back in time.  Consulting a few local experts including Wendy Van Hove of Roadside Wonders () as well as drawing f

    Time warp towns are those that make for road trip gold: the buildings where the local history was made are still standing, and if you squint it seems like you’ve gone back in time.

  • 15 Countries That Consume The Most Alcohol Wednesday, 9 Mar 2011 | 1:25 PM ET
    From country to country around the world, people’s relationship with alcohol varies greatly. In some places it serves as a point of national identity, and in others it has become detrimental to a country's overall health. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) released on the global status of alcohol, in order to help countries combat the harmful use of alcohol and avoid negative health and social consequences. Along with data on estimated cost of alcohol abuse, drinking ages and drunk-dr

    Around the world, people’s relationship with alcohol varies greatly. In some places it is a point of national identity, in others it has become detrimental to a country's overall health.

  • The 16 Top Medical Marijuana Strains Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 4:50 PM ET
    With 14(?) U.S. states already allowing medicinal marijuana users a legal alternative to managing their own pain, advocates fighting to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis claim their time is near. In November, California voters had the opportunity to end cannabis prohibition all together with Proposition 19 forcing the global spotlight on the issue of pot law reform for recreational use. Medicinal use of the plant, however, continue to forge on as a trojan horse of sorts. As more chronic pain s

    We consulted Danny Danko, High Times magazine's senior cultivation editor, to help us identify the most popular strains for medicinal use.

  • How Twitter Is Revolutionizing The Agriculture Trade Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 4:44 PM ET
    Buried in 130 million daily tweets hides a veritable goldmine of information for traders and investors – if you know where to look. In one corner of the highly lucrative grains market is a growing network of farmers and traders that are using tweets to transform how this multi-trillion dollar industry does business. These tweets are dramatically accelerating the flow of information to give investors an edge in the commodities market. Farmers are also cashing in, using tweets from the trading flo

    CNBC spoke to farmers and traders taking part in this real-time dialogue to understand how this information is used, how bigger profits are made and how farming is going high-tech.

  • 11 Stars Who Rebounded After Rehab Tuesday, 8 Mar 2011 | 4:30 PM ET
    In the days of Errol Flynn and Judy Garland, a celebrity’s addiction was a nuisance to be contained. A celebrity in treatment, however, was a publicity disaster that studios and record labels worked overtime to keep a secret. Today, that’s no longer the case. A stay in rehab is no longer regarded as a career death knell—rather, it’s viewed as a good sign. Many celebrities who've sought treatment have not only kicked their habits, but have also gotten their careers back in a form that sometimes s

    Many celebrities who've sought treatment have not only kicked their habits, but have also gotten their careers back in a form that sometimes surpasses anything they accomplished in the past.

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