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  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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    From planes that never made it to market to spy planes that human eyes aren't supposed to spot, we take a look at some of the amazing Boeing designs you've likely never seen.

  • “If you don’t do better in school, you won’t get into a good college.”This stern warning is intoned by parents the world over, as they shake their heads over a disappointing report cards dotted with the Cs and Ds. While this admonition is surely true, many parents aren’t sure what constitutes a “good school.” Most believe it’s one with name recognition--and not much else.One way a school can distinguish itself is by the track record of its graduates. Indeed, what is a better gauge of a school’s

    CNBC.com looked at the top ten colleges and discovered which CEOs spent time there as underclassmen. Check out what we found.

  • The revelation that a rogue trader at UBS lost billions has shaken the European banking sector and sparked cries for tighter regulation.Can't banks do anything to prevent traders from creating huge unauthorized exposures to trading losses? According to UBS chief executive Oswald Gruebel the rogue trading loss couldn’t have been prevented. “If someone acts with criminal energy, then you can’t do anything. That will always be the case in our business,” the former trader said in the interview publi

    Can't banks do anything to prevent traders from creating huge unauthorized exposures to trading losses?

  • Forget about the bag, the shoes, and the lip gloss. At the moment, the most fashion-forward accessory is your nails. The action going on inside the tents at Lincoln Center during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2012 shows proved that nail polish is making its mark on the fashion scene. Major highlights from the shows included the reemergence of nail color as more nail artists and designers opted for bright colors and metallic colors, rather than the nude nail looks that have domin

    The action going on inside the tents at Lincoln Center during the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s spring/summer 2012 shows proved that nail polish is making its mark on the fashion scene. Check out the photos!

  • In our annual CNBC rankings of our   is among the most important measures of success. States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation, so we put those claims to the test. The category ranks states based on their support for innovation, with metrics including the number of patents issued to their residents, the dollar value of federal health and science research grants and deployment of broadband services rankings, per the FCC. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

    States like to promote themselves as fertile ground for innovation — so we put those claims to the test. Click ahead to see the leaders in innovation.

  • Innovation has come at such a dizzying pace in recent decades that it has transformed our world in ways once only imagined in science fiction. As part of our "Future of Innovation" special report, we decided to take a look at some of the most influential innovations of the recent past. Compiling a definitive list turned out to be difficult, if not impossible — and almost certainly up for fierce debate. Nevertheless, we gave it a shot. Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions

    Here is our list of the 15 of the most influential inventions over the past 50 years, created using a variety of studies as reference points, including ones from Knowledge@Wharton and Popular Mechanics.

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