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  • The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence in some places around the country. According to a U.S. household income inequality has grown by 18 percent since 1967, although this trend has slowed in recent years. Wealth disparity is also proving to be a hot topic during the 2012 election year, with Republican candidate Mitt Romney igniting criticism that his high net worth puts him out of touch with average Americans while the Obama administration struggles with the politically char

    The grass really is greener on the other side of the fence in some places around the country. Here's where the biggest wealth gaps exist.

  • They say that an Englishman’s home is his castle. The phrase might not have literal meaning for most Britons, but buying a castle is not as unusual as you might think. For history buffs or buyers with a romantic imagination, a range of castles are on the market in Britain with the majority in Scotland. A lot of these castles also come with substantial grounds containing parkland, forests or rivers full of fish.The following castle homes are for sale or rent in Britain and are presented in order

    Buying a castle is not as unusual as you might think. Check out the following castle homes that are for sale or rent in Britain.

  • Musicians often have humble beginnings to their careers, sometimes playing on a subway platform or performing on the street for spare change. For the lucky ones who attain musical super stardom, they can afford previously unheard-of luxuries. And some of them buy star-worthy homes.This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with American Idol, and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York City. Let’s begin this

    This collection features the habitations of performers from rock to pop and beyond. We’ve got two glamorous homes associated with 'American Idol,' and two not-to-be-believed properties in New York.

  • More than one-third of American adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The obesity epidemic has been going on for decades, and today health-care costs associated with obesity are estimated at $147 billion a year. To be considered obese, a person has a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. With the extra weight comes myriad health issues — obesity contributes to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.Recently, the ranked the 10 most obese metrop

    More than one-third of American adults are obese. Here we take a look at the most obese metro areas in the U.S. and how much their citizens are paying in health-care costs every year.

  • Digital advances are emerging as one of the hottest trends in the home appliance space. Think refrigerators that track your food inventory and expiration dates; washers and dryers you control remotely with a smartphone; robotic vacuum cleaners. “2012 is becoming the year, when connected appliances become more mass marketable and more mainstream,” says Shawn DuBravac, chief economist and director of research for the Consumer Electronics Association, which produces the annual show. The evolution o

    From refrigerators to washers, these machines may control you as much as you think you are controlling them. Click ahead to view some of the coolest smart-tech appliances.

  • Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

  • Military veterans face a massive adjustment when returning to civilian life. It’s not only a matter of transitioning from an ordered and regimented existence to a civilian’s more autonomous life; about a quarter of all Gulf War –era II veterans (anyone who served after September 2001) are also returning with a service-connected disability. However, disabled vets are working almost as much as non-disabled veterans (an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in July 2010 vs 8.7 percent, according to the

    We consulted with Debbie Gregory of MilitaryConnection.com, as well as representatives from Military.com, for a list of the industries where the most ex-military personnel find work.

  • The US government is opening up to Cuba. Here are pictures of life in Havana, and what changes the country has been undergoing.

  • How do you suppose professional athletes earn enough riches to afford mansions like the ones seen  and the getaways pictured ? It’s not only their salaries or their prizes, but the endorsement deals, spin-offs and personal brands.  For abundant evidence, see the CNBC slideshow .  While some of these athlete fashion brands are not so well known, one of the following examples was once ubiquitous, one is legendary, and one line of undies is currently modeled by its namesake in a giant ad on the sid

    Some athlete fashion brands are not well known, others are legendary. Here's a collection, including a line of undies modeled by its namesake in a giant ad on the side of a Manhattan building.

  • If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. Whether it’s a repetitive stress injury from tennis, a torn ACL from football or something more brutal like a hockey stick to the face, sports injuries are simply a part of life for the professional athlete.Those who spend their hours on the field may court blunt force trauma, but that doesn’t mean they can’t injure themselves off the field as well. During this year’s baseball spring training, New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamber

    If you’re a professional athlete, injuries are almost guaranteed. However, sometimes the off-field injuries are so bizarre they become noteworthy.

  • After serving as CEO of McDonalds for more than seven years, Jim Skinner announced plans to step down on July 1. Skinner, widely regarded as a is credited with managing a turnaround of the world’s largest fast-food chain, while significantly improving the company’s stock price in the process. During Skinner's tenure, McDonald’s stock rose 229 percent. How does Skinner stack up against other CEOs? CNBC’s Analytics team looked at the tenure of each current Dow 30 CEO to track how their company’s s

    Where does Jim Skinner, CEO of McDonalds for more than seven years, stack up against the other Dow CEOs? Find out here.

  • Thank you, Easter Bunny Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a survey by BIGinsight on behalf of the retail industry trade group, the National Retail Federation. Spending on the holiday is expected to rise 11 percent from last year to about $16.8 billion. This means the average person celebrating will spend $145.28 on everything from candy to food to new Easter outfits. That’s no small sum, especially when you

    Thank you, Easter Bunny.  Americans are expected to spend more on candy, flowers and little trinkets this year as they celebrate Easter, according to a survey by BIGinsight.

  • There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class. There are several hundred 100 ETFs and their close cousin, ETNs, or exchange traded notes. The group covers everything from energy to metals to agriculture to livestock. There are broad and narrow funds, ones based on an index or futures trading and still others that hold the actual commodity. There are precious and industrial metals, foodstuffs and livest

    There may be no better way to appreciate the diversity of exchange traded funds than by looking at the commodities sector of the asset class.

  • It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or down? The street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen, estimating various attributes tied to stock performance in order to determine what the future holds for a company's valuation. After dissecting the data, analysts following a particular stock produce a price target of where they believe the stock is headed. With data from Thomson Reuters, CNBC.com grouped stocks in the S&P 500 with aver

    It's the basic question when investing in a stock: is it on the way up or will it go down? Wall Street has developed numerous ways of attempting to predict what will happen.

  • It’s not tax time just yet, but it’s looming uncomfortably on the horizon. The conscientious among us have already filed their tax forms or are in the process of doing so. The rest of us hem, haw and put it off until the last minute.Apart from the punctual and the lackadaisical, another category of taxpayer exists: The taxpayer who, for one reason or another, has failed to accurately disclose all of his or her earnings. Sometimes this is a simple mistake. Sometimes it’s the accountant’s fault. S

    Some celebrities, including Lauryn Hill, fell out of good standing with the IRS, and paid dearly for it. Read ahead to see some of the celebrities who just didn’t get that return in on time.

  • While some homeowners see their abodes as shelter from the elements, others want to embrace nature and invite it inside. Some homes are designed with prominent features that bring the outdoors in.  This is not simply a matter of throwing together a few house plants, or including lots of windows and sliding glass doors or planning for a stone accent wall or some exposed wooden beams. Some homeowners, designers and architects take their love of nature further by bringing in and building in parts o

    While some homeowners see their abodes as shelter from the elements, others want to embrace nature and invite it inside.

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