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  • Top Execs Who Started at the Bottom Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 1:36 PM ET
    The American Dream. We all know it well—the ability to set out with few prospects and little experience and work our way up the corporate ladder, one rung at a time. It’s the prospect of starting from the ground up and pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps in the hopes of one day achieving tremendous success. Perhaps “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt comes to mind when you think of the great men and women of our time who have accomplished just that. There are plenty more, however, who started

    Click for a glimpse of some of America's top executives who started out sorting mail and making copies.

  • Island Enclaves for Sale Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 9:54 AM ET
    As Americans work longer hours and technology enables professionals to be ever more on-call, getaways and vacations are needed more than ever. Too bad vacation days have not increased along with employee availability. But now that so many professionals can work from home, who’s to say that home can’t look and feel more like a vacation spot? For those with the right situation and enough determination, one man can be an island—or at least he can live on one. The editors at TopTenRealEstateDeals.co

    The editors at TopTenRealEstateDeals.com have released their 2011 list of The Top Ten Island Enclaves For Sale. See the ten amazing island outposts currently on the real estate market.

  • 10 Most Divorced States Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 4:34 PM ET
    In 2010, a study by the National Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census Bureau was released. It calculated the number of divorces by state, and it found that married couples in Massachusetts stayed together the most, with only 1.8 marriages dissolved for every 1,000 people.As for the states whose rates of divorce were the highest, some of the results might be surprising. Many are in areas of the country traditionally believed to be socially conservative. However, a closer look at the data s

    A study by the National Vital Statistics Report and the U.S. Census Bureau calculated the number of divorces by state. Click for the results.

  • US Cities With the Most Underwater Mortgages Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 12:46 PM ET
    For individual homeowners, being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, also known as “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure. However, if you're currently underwater on a mortgage, you're not alone. a firm that compiles US real estate and mortgage information, has put together a list of the 154 largest metro areas that includes statistics on median home values, market changes and the proportion of homes with negativ

    Being “underwater” on a mortgage – when a home is worth less than outstanding debt, or has “negative equity” – is one of the worst positions to be in, short of foreclosure.

  • Luxurious Log Cabins Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
    The log cabin is embedded in the national consciousness as an old-time icon of simple, wholesome American living. Abraham Lincoln grew up in a log cabin, by gum, and look at what he made of himself! However, as with every other aspect of American culture, today’s log cabin has been supersized. The structures that follow in this slideshow are a long way from Lincoln's logs. Log cabins have gone from inspirational to aspirational. Whereas it was once incongruous to link the phrase “million dollar”

    As with every other aspect of American culture, today’s log cabin has been supersized. The structures that follow in this slideshow are a long way from Lincoln Logs.

  • Scenes From the London Riots Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 1:47 PM ET
    In some of the worst disorder seen on the streets of London in years, riots across the capital city began following a vigil for a 29-year old man shot by police days earlier. Hundreds have been detained by police as violence has continued for days on the streets of London, although officials blame copycat criminals for prolonging the disorder. The hardest-hit area by far has been Tottenham, where residents identified “greedy youths” as primarily responsible for the looting and destruction, notin

    The last 48 hours have seen some of the worst rioting in a decade. These slides tell a story of a neighborhood in shock after a peaceful protest was hijacked by criminals and angry youths.

  • 10 Commodities With the Biggest Price Moves Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 11:56 AM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or gold? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months while others have significantly fallen off their highs. In fact, the a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities mostly traded in the U.S., is down 32 percent from its all-time high back in July 2008. So far in 2011, the CRB index is down 3.8 percent compared to an 8.2 percent loss for the S&P 500. Despite that trend, several in

    CNBC’s Analytics Team compiled a list of the 10 best and worst performing commodities in the CRB index. Click ahead to learn about the hot and the not-so-hot commodities of 2011.

  • Lee Iacocca's Favorite Cars of All Time Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
    Lee Iacocca, the quintessential brash chief executive of the 1980s, revamped the American automotive industry. From his first gig as a student engineer at Ford Motor, all the way up to CEO at Chrysler, his passion, vision, and love of the automobile created some of the most memorable and most successful car stories in the U.S.Here, we take a look at this auto-industry titan's favorite vehicles of all time.

    Lee Iacocca, the quintessential brash CEO of the 1980s, revamped the American automotive industry. Here, we take a look at this auto-industry titan's favorite vehicles of all time.

  • 10 Most-Hated Jobs Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 4:54 PM ET
    At one time or another, we have all known at least one person who has hated his or her job. That person may have suffered silently or vented constantly, but at the end of the day, there was no question that this person was truly unhappy with the thing that they spent at least 40 of their waking hours every week, for 51 weeks a year.The reasons for job dissatisfaction vary. Low pay, irregular hours and lack of a window to sit next to are all assumed to be culprits, and to be sure, they can all co

    Click ahead to see the ten jobs with the highest levels of employee unhappiness, according to data collected in 2011. The results may surprise you.

  • Outrageous Workplace Perks Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 4:31 PM ET
    If a company hopes to impress potential employees and retain the ones already on board, it’s no longer enough to offer the token fitness room and free coffee in the break room. Some employers are supersizing their benefits and perks, and hopefully this trend is here to stay. Internet startups and tech companies have been at the vanguard of the covet-worthy corporate culture since the days of the dot-com boom. The best of these sound like day camp for (semi-) grownups. As for some of the popular

    If a company hopes to impress potential employees and retain the ones already on board, it’s no longer enough to offer the token fitness room and free coffee in the break room.

  • 10 Outrageously Expensive Pets Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 3:56 PM ET
    Recently, eccentric rocker  in an auction for an eight-week old Yorkshire terrier. Pricey? Not compared to the price tags of some of the pets out there. In fact, Ozzy was lucky to have paid so little. Just like with cars, purses, and jewelry, people with deep pockets will spend outrageous sums of money on animals. The reasoning behind these purchases can vary from investing in the animal’s DNA and their breeding prospects, to owning a unique creature, or for simple companionship.

    To get an idea of how expensive animals can be, CNBC.com gathered some of the most expensive animals that have been sold or that can be purchased. Check out the list!

  • Scenes From the Debt Ceiling Talks Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 3:30 PM ET
    The discussion over the U.S. debt ceiling had been going on for months, but an agreement wasn’t signed into law until the deadline set by the U.S. Treasury was reached. The debate was a rollercoaster that both shifted markets and brought the fiscal discipline of Washington to the forefront. Everyone from markets, ratings agencies, government officials, and other countries urged the U.S. to find a solution to the debt-ceiling debate. For better or for worse, Congress and the president were able t

    Seeing the president and members of Congress in action gives a new perspective on the debt talks. Click for scenes from the talks, in the month leading up to the compromise.

  • Favorite Cars of Athletes Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 12:39 PM ET
    It's no secret that the top professional athletes are among the highest paid people anywhere. When those prizes or multimillion dollar contracts start rolling in, one of the first investments that athletes often make is a conspicuously lavish car costing an amount that would take one of their fans a year or more to earn. This first prize on four wheels is often followed by a second car, and a third, and so on. Numerous websites are dedicated to documenting the comings and goings of celebrities'

    The cars most often seen being driven by stars from football, basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, swimming, skateboarding, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

  • Homes of the Future Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:35 PM ET
    Since time immemorial, mankind has dreamed of what the future might hold. Would advances in medicine neuter deadly diseases as yet unconquerable? Would advances in science lead to the exploration of distant star systems? Would advances in architecture make houses look all curvy, like on the animated TV show "The Jetsons"?In the middle decades of the 20th century, homes of the future were uniformly depicted in films and television shows as identical, no matter the purpose or location. A three-bed

    Some of the designs are bold, some are bizarre, and some seem unlikely to get past the drafting table.

  • Biggest Businesses Run by College Dropouts Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 3:58 PM ET
    Position: CEO, CarnivalMarket Cap: $19.6 billion Instead of spending four years in college, this chief executive spent time working his way up the chain of command at . Micky Arison, the CEO of Carnival, started in the sales department and was promoted to reservations manager in 1974. He was later promoted to vice president of passenger traffic and just three years later he was named president of the company. Arison helped acquire Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises and Westours, allowing Car

    From computers to cruise lines, these 10 CEOs made it to the top without a college degree and defied the idea that to be successful, you have to have a diploma.

  • 10 Business Fakes Made in China Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 2:28 PM ET
    China has become known as the epicenter for producing a wide variety of counterfeit and bootlegged consumer products, but a trend has emerged over the past few years of faking full retail operations.A relatively new phenomenon, these rogue counterfeit businesses are a problem for companies that are trying to establish a brand image in China’s emerging economy. While some of these operations sell actual products from the legitimate companies, many simply copy the retail format, right down to even

    China has become known as the epicenter for a wide variety of counterfeit consumer products, but a trend has emerged over the past few years of faking full retail operations.

  • 10 Award-Winning Wines You've Never Heard Of Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 1:43 AM ET
    Whether you know a Burgundy from Bordeaux or a Rioja from Chianti, you’re probably aware that they are great wine-producing regions and you may have tried a glass or two. If New World wines are your thing, California, Australia, Chile, and New Zealand have become known for the quality of their wines. But the "old" and "new" worlds have recently been joined by a number of emerging wine regions in Asia, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. This year, the Decanter World Wine Awards—the world’s bigg

    This year, the Decanter World Wine Awards—the world’s biggest with more than 12,000 entries—awarded coveted medals to a number of wines. Check out the list!

  • Seven States With Sky-High Insurance Monday, 1 Aug 2011 | 9:49 AM ET
    With forecasters predicting 12 to 18 named storms in 2011, homeowners in the Southern United States may already be looking past the sunny days of summer and bracing for the hurricane season. Insurance providers have already bet on it. Homeowners in certain hurricane prone states are at the mercy of an entirely separate insurance market — the so-called “market of last resort” — created to pick up the slack from private insurers who don't provide coverage for hurricanes — or, for that matter, torn

    See average annual homeowners insurance premiums in these states, as well as average windstorm insurance premiums from the least expensive to the most expensive.

  • 15 Dangerous Cities for Driving Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 4:57 PM ET
    There are many ways one could gauge the danger of driving in a particular city, but this list uses the cities with the greatest number of vehicular deaths as a barometer of the danger level. U.S. cities with a population of 150,000 or more were up for consideration, using the most recent motor vehicle crash data available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System and General Estimates System.One particular region of the country, the South, is ov

    Which cities are the most dangerous to drive in? Click to see the 15 cities that ranked the worst for fatalities per 100,000 population.

  • 10 Performance Enhancing Sports Products Friday, 29 Jul 2011 | 1:56 PM ET
    When it comes to products designed to enhance athletic performance, the marketplace is full of options. There’s apparel that’s specially designed to enhance speed. Balls with state-of-the-art aerodynamic technology that affects their trajectory. There are even accessories that are thought to utilize the tenets of New Age philosophy to align the wearer’s , thereby making an athlete's gait as effortless as that of a winged cheetah with the wind at his back.Manufacturers claim their products can ma

    What are some of the more notable products available on the market today that are said to enhance athletic performance? Click ahead and find out.

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