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  • Painful Costs of Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 1:17 PM ET
    Counterfeit prescription pharmaceuticals are widely recognized as a growing public health risk and a serious concern to public health officials, private companies, and consumers. This slideshow presents a shortened overview of the longer report,  In some countries around the world, counterfeit prescription drugs comprise as much as 70% of the drug supply and have been responsible for thousands of deaths in some of the world’s most impoverished nations, according to the World Health Organization

    Counterfeit prescription pharmaceuticals are widely recognized as a growing public health risk and a serious concern to public health officials, private companies, and consumers. Learn more.

  • The Faces of Occupy Wall Street Tuesday, 4 Oct 2011 | 12:34 PM ET
    Protestors of the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement have occupied Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan for several weeks now, but who exactly these people are what they are protesting still remains somewhat of a mystery.The movements website, , states that “Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions...The one thing we all have in common is that we are the that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.” Alt

    The common goal of fighting corporate greed and corruption has attracted an array of people from all backgrounds, including business owners, retirees, and union workers.

  • Miserable Months, Momentous Moves of 2011 Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    For most investors, August and September in 2011 were the most miserable – and memorable — months in nearly three years. The stock market’s volatile swings stunned investors, sending many into Treasurys. The market has not seen consistent volatility this extreme since the financial crisis in 2008. Even more interesting, the majority of the most volatile days of the year occurred in these two months — right down to the last day of September, when the S&P 500 fell 2.5 percent and a key volatility

    See the eleven most momentous market days — based on percentage price change, trading volume and VIX level — and the events that made these days so extreme.

  • 10 Cars That Failed Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 3:51 PM ET
    The American people have had a long love affair with cars. Whether it’s a teenager’s new found independence or a grown man’s show of status and power, cars represent much more to people than just a way to get from one place to another. Cars make a statement about their owners--or at least how their owners wish to be perceived.That being the case, there are likely no car owners who want to be perceived as hideously ugly, poorly engineered, or hazardous to life and limb. For that reason and many o

    The reasons for their failures are varied, and while some of the companies that manufactured them recovered, many didn’t.

  • Trendiest Halloween Costumes for Adults 2011 Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 3:16 PM ET
    Each Halloween there are many classic themes people use to inspire their costume choice, but every year there are some that stand out from the rest. This year Halloween spending is projected to rise 9 percent to $6.86 billion, according to a survey conducted by BIGResearch on behalf of the National Retail Federation trade group. Much of the increase will come from two factors: More Americans are celebrating the holiday, and more American adults are dressing up in costumes as part of the fun. Bas

    Each Halloween there are many classic themes people use to inspire their costume choice, but every year there are some that stand out from the rest.

  • Inventions By Kids Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:37 PM ET
    Most kids are creative—they color and make up games—but some kids get  creative and use their imagination to invent new products.“Kids are natural innovators,” said Jon Dudas, who used to work for the but is now the president of an organization designed to help foster innovations by kids in science and technology.Dudas said Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and the inventor of the Segway personal transporter, got his first patent for an insulin pump when he was 17 years old. “His mom had to sign

    Did you know that the popsicle, ear muffs AND the trampoline were invented by kids? Here are 10 cool and inspiring inventions by kids — and how they did it!

  • Million Dollar Home Conversions Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 2:02 PM ET
    To homebuyers who have a strong vision and the means to see it through, an abandoned utilitarian structure can become a stunning antidote to the common McMansion.Changes in technology, industry, and occupations have resulted in a decrease of barns, stables, and carriage houses being used for their intended purposes. Church attendance is not what it used to be and consequently many beautiful houses of worship have fallen vacant. Happily, many obsolete structures can be reclaimed, as with  seen in

    Because of home conversions, what could be the sad gradual loss of a well-built historic structure is really a boon to an enterprising homebuyer. Click to see inspiring examples of repurposed structures.

  • The Best Places to Work on Wall Street Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 11:58 AM ET
    The annual survey of what investment bankers think of our leading banks is out.

    The Vault Banking 50 ranks banks using a weighted formula that reflects the issues bankers care most about. Check out some of the best places to work on Wall Street.

  • London Fashion Week: Spring-Summer 2012 Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 2:17 AM ET
    The world economy may be stagnating, but London Fashion Week, coming hot on the heels of New York’s show, provided further reason for investors to feel upbeat about high-end retail. Speaking at Burberry’s show in Kensington Gardens, London, CEO Angela Ahrendts told CNBC: "(Fashion is) relatively sheltered from the global slowdown. Over 60 percent of the luxury business – not just Burberry – is down to tourism, so most of the big flagship markets are somewhat sheltered in Europe, and in America."

    The world economy may be stagnating, but London Fashion Week, coming hot on the heels of New York’s show, provided further reason for investors to feel upbeat about high-end retail.

  • Naomi Campbell's Horus-Eye Eco House Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 11:57 AM ET
    As lavish birthday gifts go, it’s hard to top this one: Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, according to numerous online  It’s shaped like the Egyptian Eye of Horus on a location known as Cleopatra Island in Turkey’s Gulf of Gökova. Spanish Architect Luis de Garrido, who specializes in sustainable building, designed Eco-House Horus to be completely energy, water, and food self-sufficient. As with his othe

    Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin. Click to see the photos.

  • Highest Grossing Sports Movies Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 1:57 PM ET
    On Friday, Sept. 24, 2011, the Brad Pitt movie “Moneyball” opened across the U.S. It had the misfortune of opening alongside the 3D re-release of “The Lion King,” which easily and unsurprisingly became the highest-grossing film of the weekend. “Moneyball” was right behind it, however, earning a respectable $21 million at the box office.The movie is based on the 2003 novel of the same name. Pitt plays Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s, whose job is to create the best possible te

    Sports movies are tales of underdogs who beat the odds. When done right, the result is often a story that remains popular long after the movie leaves the theaters.

  • Pension Payouts of the Ten Largest Economies Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 10:11 AM ET
    Publicly financed retirement, or pension, benefits vary widely across the world. But as the U.S. and Europe consider fiscal austerity measures to address debt problems, some pension programs could be subject to change. To grasp what most recipients stand to lose, we’ve taken a look at the promised pension payouts of the ten largest economies in the world. (.) Our snapshot is based on a  and Development, OECD, calculates pension wealth for 54 countries, adjusting for differences in retirement age

    Publicly financed retirement, or pension benefits, vary widely across the world. See how your pension plan stacks up against the world’s largest economies.

  • Boeing's Most Famous Models Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 9:24 AM ET
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    Here, we take a look at some of Boeing's most iconic military aircraft, what they meant for the industry at the time, and how they impacted plane designs to come.

  • Car Buyers Beware: Nine Notorious Scams Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    Because cars are big-ticket items, there are many ways for fraudsters to bilk unsuspecting victims. The rise of Internet commerce has vastly expanded the ways to separate a mark from his money, and has effectively made it a global business.Consumer complaints rose 25 percent in 2010 and a complaint is filed every 90 minutes, according to a Consumer Reports  citing FBI stats. Regarding auto-related complaints, every hour a car buyer loses more than $1,000. The online car sales company Cars.com em

    The Cars.com fraud team put together this list of the most common scams in auto sales. Click to see them all.

  • Athletes With Foreclosed Homes Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 12:15 PM ET
    The list of athletes who lost huge sums of money after their playing days ended is long. Evander Holyfield may have been fearsome in the ring, but that didn’t stop him from nearly losing his house in 2008. Jose Canseco was a force to be reckoned with when he played baseball in the major league, but after his steroid use was made public the money dried up and he had to resort to reality TV gigs to keep the bills paid.For many athletes who lose their former earning power, it’s not just the paychec

    Many athletes who lost their earning power couldn’t keep up with their mortgage payments and were faced with foreclosure. Click to see the list of athletes with foreclosed homes.

  • America's Fastest Growing Coffee Chains Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 8:01 AM ET
    Americans crave their daily fix of coffee, drinking an estimated 400 million cups a day, so it's no wonder that coffee retailers have grown signficantly over the last several years, even in the face of tough economic times. Here, we take a look at the coffee retail chains that had the fastest year-over-year pace of growth in 2010, according to figures from market research group Technomic. Click ahead to see the fastest growing coffee chains in America.

    Americans crave their daily fix of coffee, drinking an estimated 400 million cups a day. Here are America's fastest-growing coffee chains.

  • America's Most Caffeinated Cities Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 8:01 AM ET
    The United States is just twelfth worldwide when it comes to caffeine consumption. At an average of 3 kilograms (106 ounces) of coffee per person per year, Americans are well behind world leader Norway at 10.7 kilograms, or nearly three gallons, per person. Still, Americans consider themselves to be a pretty caffeinated culture. Certainly the growth of coffee shops around the country are a testament to how much we love our caffeine. Here, we take a look at some of the top buzz hubs as reported b

    Coffee is now a multibillion-dollar global industry. Here, we take a look at the American cities with the most coffee shops per capita — America's most caffeinated cities.

  • America’s Most Underrated Jobs 2011 Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 4:59 PM ET
    Although most people can think of prestigious or high-paying jobs, some jobs that are generally thought of as “normal,” or even boring, pay very well and have many great qualities that are easily overlooked, according to which developed the list. CareerCast ranked the most underrated jobs based upon a range of criteria, including low stress levels, low environmental dangers, low physical demands, and median-to-high income levels. The jobs listed here also have a lower-than-average unemployment r

    Some jobs generally thought of as “normal,” or even boring, pay very well and have many great qualities that are easily overlooked, according to CareerCast.com.

  • Treehouse Homes Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 12:04 PM ET
    Treehouses are no longer just for child’s play. While they still do serve as playhouses for lucky kids, they’ve taken on some new functions as private home offices or studios, as elevated guest quarters, and as hotel accommodation as well. Or they can be real houses that just happen to be located in trees. Modern treehouses are also typically quite eco friendly. They have traditionally been built using salvaged materials, and now designers and builders have taken it further with energy-efficient

    Treehouses are no longer just for child’s play. They’ve taken on some new functions as private home offices or studios. Click to see some of the best.

  • The Best Selling Video Games of 2011 Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 9:51 AM ET
    September typically marks the beginning of the holiday season for the videogame industry. From this point through late November, publishers will release at least one potential blockbuster per week. Holiday sales make up roughly 40 percent of the overall industry revenue--and the year's biggest hits are born then. But as publishers prepare for the fourth-quarter battle, what better time to see what has been driving sales so far this year? So far things aren't shaping up well. Software sales are d

    Here's a look at the top 10 videogames through the end of August, based on U.S. sales (though when the year's over, expect several to be displaced).

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