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  • Floating Homes Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    First, let’s distinguish floating homes from houseboats. “A 'floating home' is a legally-permitted structure, with no means of self-propulsion, which occupies a permanent berth and is subject to property taxes,” according to the . They’re basically on concrete barges, so occupants don’t experience much movement.So how do landlubbers come to live on the water? For Amanda Pleva, the opportunity to live in one such home came through a friend who lives in the community at Waldo Point in Sausalito, C

    See a selection of West Coast floating homes curated by Zillow.com, and presented in order from least expensive to most.

  • Highlights from Paris Fashion Week 2011 Wednesday, 6 Jul 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
    Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations, which run from Monday, July 4 to Thursday, July 7. The event shows collections from iconic designers like Valentino, Giorgio Armani Prive, Givenchy or Jean-Paul Gaultier and concludes fashion celebrations that traveled to cities such as New York, London and Milan in the first half of the year. For the first time in 15 years, the Christian Dior show did not feature John Galliano, the British designer

    Fashion lovers gathered in Paris this week for the haute couture fall/winter 2011 presentations. Click for highlights.

  • The Most Collectible BMWs Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 4:05 PM ET
    Over the years, BMW has established a reputation as one of the most creative and prestigious car manufacturers in the industry, while also gaining a highly collectible brand along the way. Many of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” models have attained values seldom seen in the collectible auto world.Click ahead to see the most collectible BMWs of all time.

    Many of “The Ultimate Driving Machine” models have attained values seldom seen in the collectible auto world. See the most collectible BMWs of all time.

  • 25 Things Every Wall Street Intern Should Know Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 | 1:52 PM ET
    Now that Fourth of July weekend is behind us, the summer is in full swing, your interns are finally getting settled in. In fact, they've probably adjusted to the good-natured hazing they've experienced on the trading desk — like testing their resourcefulness by asking . Perhaps the time is right to sit them down for a little heart-to-heart chat about the perils and opportunities that lie ahead of them. With a little time and effort, you can be their Virgil in Wall Street's underworld: The Intern

    Now that Fourth of July weekend is behind us the summer is in full swing, your interns are finally getting settled in. Here are 25 things every Wall Street intern should know.

  • World's Biggest Gambling Nations Monday, 4 Jul 2011 | 9:03 PM ET
    Mention gambling and glitzy images of Las Vegas come to mind. But you'll be surprised to know Americans are not the world's biggest gamblers. In fact, the world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates.The rankings are based on data from , a consultancy based in London. They take into account average gaming losses (the amount bet and never recovered) in a year divided by the adult population in over 200 countries. The numbers include money lost on all types of betting inc

    The world’s biggest gambling nations include plenty of unlikely candidates. Read on to find out the countries with the biggest losers and the boldest gamblers.

  • The Best Books for Summer 2011 Friday, 1 Jul 2011 | 9:54 AM ET
    Whether you’re heading to the beach, the mountains or to far-away lands, summer is a great time to kick back and relax. And there’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think are this summer’s best reads. From a rock and roll star’s tell all, to loving the rat race, to rage in the Middle East, it’s an eclectic group selected to inspire, teach and amuse. So, click ahead and get reading!

    There’s nothing better than relaxing with a good book. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of what we think are this summer’s best reads. Check out the list!

  • Most Ticketed Cars Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 5:38 PM ET
    Does what we drive affect how we drive? That’s the question posed by , an analytics company that works with auto insurers. Quality Planning ranked the vehicles most likely to be ticketed, based on the number of moving violations issued for each 100,000 miles driven. The resulting top ten of the list contains a few predictable entries, but it’s not entirely comprised of flashy red sports cars.But before we begin the list of the worst behaved vehicles, a rundown of the good guys. The top five “cau

    Quality Planning ranked the vehicles most likely to be ticketed, based on the number of moving violations issued for each 100,000 miles driven. See what they found.

  • Comeback Athletes Thursday, 30 Jun 2011 | 4:41 PM ET
    On June 29, 2011, news broke that Tiger Woods had secured an endorsement deal with Kowa Company Ltd., the Japanese manufacturer of Valentin Kowa pain relieving heat rub. It’s his first deal since the very embarrassing sex scandal that broke in December 2009 and cost him his marriage, his squeaky-clean image and four of his sponsors. When news of his personal troubles spilled into the public eye, Accenture, AT&T and Gatorade terminated their sponsorship deals with him, and Gillette allowed their

    Click ahead to see the athletes who defied logic and came back to their respective sports after conventional wisdom pronounced their careers dead and buried.

  • Sibling Athletes Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 4:28 PM ET
    Every day, amateur athletes rise at dawn, endure their coaches’ abuse and train diligently in their chosen sport, all in the hope that someday they might hit the big time and turn pro. Sadly, most of these hopefuls get turned away, often for the simple reason that the supply of athletes outweighs the demand. Despite the long odds, some famous athletes not only hit the big time, but even have a sibling who’s done the same.Click ahead to see sibling athletes who have beaten the odds and made it in

    Despite long odds, some famous athletes hit the big time and even have a sibling who’s done the same. Click to see sibling athletes who have made it into the big leagues.

  • The 10 Toughest Greek Austerity Measures Wednesday, 29 Jun 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    If you think you’ve got it tough living in America, just be glad you’re not going to be in Greece as that nation begins to confront the true reality of austerity.From a 15 percent cut in public wages to cigarette and alcohol taxes to Social Security reductions and means testing, the Greek measures will instill pain, necessary though it may be, for years to come.

    If you think you've got it tough living in America, just be glad you're not going to be in Greece as that nation begins to confront the true reality of austerity.

  • Imitation Homes Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 6:07 PM ET
    Some builders have a specific vision in mind when designing a home. Whether they are recreating the home of someone powerful or replicating a house from TV or in the movies, some people take their inspiration seriously and make it into their everyday reality. 

    Whether recreating the home of someone powerful or replicating a house from TV or in the movies, some people take inspiration seriously and make it into their everyday reality.

  • The Most Expensive States To Live In 2011 Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 3:02 PM ET
    You won’t get more for your money in these ten states. With the launch of CNBC's fifth annual edition of "America's Top States For Business ," we decided to take a look at the cost of a variety of items in the nation's ten most expensive states. In the CNBC study, states are ranked using a 50-point scale—the lower the score, the higher the cost of living, and vice versa. Interestingly enough, some of the states with the highest cost of living also had some of the highest scores in the quality-of

    So, which states have the highest cost of living? You won’t get more for your money in these ten states.

  • Celebrities Who Abused Prescription Drugs Tuesday, 28 Jun 2011 | 12:40 PM ET
    According to Drug Enforcement Administration figures, nearly seven million Americans abused prescription drugs in 2009. However, the abuse of these medications is nothing new. Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Judy Garland all indulged in these substances, with fatal results, and decades later celebrities remain the most high-profile abusers of such prescription drugs as hydrocodone, oxycodone and vicodin.Click ahead to see the celebrities whose struggles with prescription drugs played out in pu

    Click to see the celebrities whose struggles with prescription drugs played out in public.

  • Fashion with a Function Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:44 PM ET
    Consumers are seeking out fashion that serves a function. From shoes that tone to fabrics that resist dirt and odors, more and more, clothes have to perform as beautifully as they look.“When you look at the quest to get the consumer to buy, differentiating yourself from the competition is the goal," said Marshall Cohen, chief industry analyst for market research company NPD Group. "Retailers are finding different ways and reasons to get consumers to buy again.” In the wake of the recession, cons

    Consumers are seeking out fashion that serves a function. From shoes that tone to fabrics that resist dirt and odors, more and more, clothes have to perform as beautifully as they look.

  • Homes of Governors Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:29 PM ET
    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? More than one ex-governor's house (including one featured in the following slides) has enjoyed a second career as a wedding and events venue. A handful of them have been converted to bed and breakfast guest houses (including one featured in the following slides). And a whole lot of them simply continue to serve as residences for future, less gubernatorial families. Among the aforementioned governo

    What happens to the homes of heads of states when governors move on from their governor's mansions? Click to find out!

  • Biggest Jobless Rate Declines Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 4:26 PM ET
    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment, even as the economy recovers.  After months of improvement, the national jobless rate has moved sideways recently, stuck around 9 percent.On a state level, the picture is mixed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 42 states and the District of Columbia reported jobless rate decreases between May 2010 and April 2011. Only five states registered increases, while there were three unchanged. More t

    There’s growing impatience about subpar job creation as well as stubbornly high unemployment. Here are the ten biggest annual declines and the states in which they took place.

  • Top of the World: Former IMF Chiefs Monday, 27 Jun 2011 | 10:22 AM ET
    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal in which the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was accused of assaulting a maid in a New York hotel room triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization.

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn's resignation following a sex scandal triggered worldwide discussion about who will get the top position in the Washington-based organization. Click to see the former heads of the IMF.

  • Famous Celebrity Dogs Sunday, 26 Jun 2011 | 9:23 PM ET
    It’s a dog’s life! And its wow… From strutting the red carpet to eating out at expensive restaurants, these dogs owned by heads of state, music divas and even royalty, are sometimes more famous than their celebrity owners.They have fans following them on their personal websites and fashion labels inspired by them. To keep the mutts in the public eye, several celeb owners also regularly tweet about the lives of their pets.We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most famous celebrity dogs

    We’ve put together a list of some of the world’s most famous dogs that have made headlines. Find out about their high lives.

  • 10 Luxurious Golf Courses Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    Donald Trump has long dreamed of building a luxury golf resort in Scotland, the birthplace of his beloved game. The $1.2 billion course was scheduled to open in July 2012, but according to statements to the UK press on June 20, 2011, it’s on hold until the financial crisis blows over. "The world has crashed," , and finishing the project “will depend on the markets.” Luckily, avid golfers don’t have to wait until the economy finally turns around, as there are plenty of impressive facilities right

    There are plenty of impressive golf courses across the US. Click to see some of the most luxurious ones!

  • The World's Most Popular Cars Thursday, 23 Jun 2011 | 9:34 AM ET
    In the post-globalized era, chain stores and fast-food eateries can be found almost everywhere on the planet. But when it comes to the most common car models, some of the biggest names remain unfamiliar to Americans.

    When it comes to the most common car models on Earth, some of the biggest names remain unfamiliar to Americans. Here, we present the world's most popular cars!

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