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  • Top States 2015 Quality of Life

    Locales that have the lowest crime rates, good health systems and an inclusive society ranked highest in CNBC's annual survey.

  • n abandoned, graffiti-covered home stands adjacent to occupied properties in the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana.

    From states with sluggish economies to the worst education systems, find out what set these locales back to make them the bottom 10.

  • Top States 2015: Maine

    The Pine Tree State offers serene quality of life, but workers aren’t staying to enjoy it. Productivity is worst in the nation.

  • A storm is moving towards the Northeast, with destructive wind gusts stretching a threat from New England to Ohio, NBC News reports.

  • Construction trailers sit in front of the new National Security Agency (NSA) data center June 10, 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah.

    The NSA lost its authority at midnight to collect Americans' phone records in bulk, after Senator Rand Paul stood in the way of the program.

  • Protesters march around the Capitol after participating in a rally against a "right-to-work" proposal, on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Madison, Wis.

    The US is split over right to work laws—literally. Exactly half of the 50 states are right-to-work states—the next will tip the balance.

  • A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.

  • Wet and slushy conditions in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, New York.

    Towns and cities along the Northeastern and mid-Atlantic coast were under flood watches, warnings and advisories on Monday morning.

  • Commuters try to stay warm as they wait for a train on an L platform during the early morning rush in Chicago, Jan. 7, 2015.

    After a cold spell, much of the United States can expect warm weather in the days ahead, NBC News reports.

  • This black iChip was developed by researchers at Northeastern University to grow bacteria that usually don’t grow in the lab. They used it to get a potentially very powerful new antibiotic from bacteria living in this soil samples, from a field in Maine.

    A new family of powerful antibiotics may provide a weapon against the growing threat of drug-resistant superbugs. NBC News reports.

  • L.L. Bean's hot boots

    CNBC's Courtney Reagan says the rise in popularity of the "lumberjack chic" look has caused a rise in demand for L.L. Bean's boots.

  • Women's Bean Boots by LL Bean

    L.L.Bean has seen such a surge in demand for its iconic "Bean" boot, that it's had to double its manufacturing capacity.

  • Logs being cut at Pride Manufacturing’s Burnham, Maine, plant. They will be turned into Lincoln Log toys.

    The iconic Lincoln Log toy has moved its manufacturing back to the U.S., without hurting its profit margins. Here's a look behind the scenes.

  • A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    A nor'easter was expected to develop along the East Coast just as millions of travelers head to their Thanksgiving destinations.

  • Judge rejects bid to restrict nurse's movement

    A Maine judge rejects a bid by state health officials to restrict the movements of Kaci Hickox, who has been defying a quarantine, reports CNBC's Mandy Drury.

  • Health workers wearing protective gear carry a man, suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus, to be transported to a hospital in Monrovia, Liberia, Oct. 15, 2014.

    The fight over Ebola quarantines in the U.S. is discouraging doctors, nurses and other health workers from going to Africa. NBC News reports.

  • Dr. Craig Spencer is at Bellevue Hospital in New York undergoing treatment for Ebola.

    New York City's health department said a doctor being treated for Ebola "cooperated fully" with officials, dismissing a report that he initially lied.

  • Pedestrians at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

    Heavy rain and wind slowed down the morning commute Wednesday as a Nor'easter makes its way through New England. NBC reports.

  • Maine stands tall for education and quality of life, but a sluggish economy and limited infrastructure create issues for business.

  • Wonder which state has the lowest crime rate, ranks high in environmental quality, parks and recreation and access to health care? Read on.