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  • The World’s 15 Biggest Oil Producers Thursday, 3 Mar 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    Unrest in the Middle East has put investors on high alert as crude oil prices move seemingly with every development in the region. In order to understand the effect of those events on both US and global oil markets, a key figure to watch is the amount of crude oil produced daily in each country. With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis. Production is d

    With data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), a division of the Department of Energy, CNBC.com took a look at the countries that produce the most crude oil on a daily basis.

  • The Best Cars for Commuting Wednesday, 2 Mar 2011 | 4:00 PM ET
    The average commute in the U.S. is about 25 minutes each way. That’s 50 minutes a day, more than four hours a week — and more than 200 hours a year.When you spend that much time behind the wheel, you need to choose your ride carefully.“A good commuter car is one that should be economical, both in operation but also, and perhaps more importantly, in purchase price,” said Robert Sinclair, the manager of media relations for and the test-drive editor of their Car & Travel magazine.  With gas prices

    When you spend a lot of time behind the wheel, you need to choose your ride carefully. Check out our list of the best cars for commuting.

  • American Company Towns Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 4:14 PM ET
    Employers in remote areas in industries such as lumbering and mining used to build entire towns for their employees, but that era is long past. Scotia, California, the last wholly owned company town, is about to be put on the market and was recently profiled in But although most remaining company towns ceased being company towns long ago, some of the towns continue on, and sometimes the idea comes up in pop culture-- the Simpsons temporarily lived in a company town, in the Scorpio episode, “You

    Monster corporations in Silicon Valley are offering more all-inclusive employee benefits and they’re even buying up land, raising the possibility of a new version of the company town.

  • 2011 Geneva Motor Show Highlights Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:20 PM ET
    Considered as one of the major international auto shows, the Geneva Motor show is set to reveal more than 50 cars, trucks, and concepts to the press on Tuesday and Wednesday.Major manufactures like Ford, Toyota, BMW, and General Motors will have their own set of surprises when it comes to debut their vehicles to the world. While some manufactures focus on hybrids, others will strategize ways to penetrate global markets.The following slides are some highlights from the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

    Considered as one of the major international auto shows, the Geneva Motor Show is set to reveal more than 50 cars, trucks, and concepts to the press on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Biggest Endowments Per Student Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 1:19 PM ET
    Though much is made of the sometimes staggering sums involved in college endowments, the size of the student body is also important because it gives you a better idea of the endowment's potential. And given the growing need for student financial aid, we thought it would be interesting to take a per-capita approach. To get an idea, CNBC.com sifted through new data from the National (NACUBO) and compared total endowment holdings to the total size of the student body, both undergraduate and graduat

    So, which colleges and universities have the biggest endowments compared to enrolled students? Find out!

  • 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.

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