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  • 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.

  • What makes a movie a box office  "bomb "?  Just losing money doesn't make it qualify. It's the amount of loss from the production costs to ticket receipts that makes the difference.  For example., 2006’s Zyzzyx Road took in a shocking thirty (30) dollars at the box office, but since it cost only $1 million to make, it d didn't lose enough money to make the list.  And the 2000 John Travolta vehicle Battlefield Earth made back less than half of its $73 million budget ,but losing a mere $43 million

    When adjusted for inflation many of the biggest losses exceed $100 million according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. So click to see which movies, in order, are the biggest box office bombs of all time.

  • China's stupendous economic growth over the past decade has led to an increase in its billionaire population, with many of the richest in the country belonging to the political elite.China's National People's Congress (NPC), its highest legislative body, has 2,987 deputies elected from the ruling Communist Party and some of them are the wealthiest businesspeople in the world.The 75 richest members of China's NPC have an average net worth of $1.2 billion. In comparison, the median net worth of U.

    The 75 richest members of China's National People's Congress have an average net worth of $1.2 billion. Check out the list.

  • There’s great satisfaction to be taken in starting out with something humble and transforming it to something mighty. Architects especially may enjoy this act of transformation. Last year’s  slideshow on CNBC.com showcased 10 such architectural rags to riches stories. Now, a look at some more of the many amazing examples of the sustainable practice called adaptive reuse. For this go-round, we have an apartment with a view that was integrated into in an ancient structure and a masterful factory c

    Here's an eye-popping look at some amazing examples of the sustainable practice called adaptive reuse.

  • Whether dark roast, light roast, with milk or black, no matter how you take your morning cup, you are part of a worldwide community of java drinkers that have made coffee one of the world’s top-traded agricultural commodities.For as many coffee drinkers as there are in the country, it seems there are just as many coffee shops, from international chains to the coffee house on the corner. It’s those neighborhood Coffee appliance maker Krups created its Best Brew Awards in 2011 to honor the best sm

    This year, voters chose 10 shops from across the country to receive the Best Brew Award. Find out who the winners are.

  • Todd Greene used his head to come up with HeadBlade. After he started losing his hair in his 20s, he decided to shave his head. That’s when he realized there had to be a better shaver to do the job. “If I could just take a blade and put it in my hand, it would be a much easier, more intuitive way to shave,” he said. So in 1998, he made a prototype that would fit comfortably in his hand and found a designer to help him perfect it. Greene dug into his savings and borrowed money from family and fri

    Have you ever seen a product or business and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here we take a look at 10 surprising ideas that have made millions.

  • The NCAA makes it a taboo subject because players don’t get paid royalties for their jerseys. Their excuse? The players’ names are not on the back. But every year, schools give manufacturers specific numbers that correlate to the best players on their team. So we went to the folks at Fanatics, the leading retailer of college merchandise online, and asked them what schools with what numbers sold best this year.

    We went to the folks at Fanatics, the leading retailer of college merchandise online, and asked them what schools with what numbers sold best this season.

  • By definition, economy and compact cars have not been the glamorous categories of automobiles. They served the necessary function of affordable transportation, but not much else. That’s not the case anymore, judging by the following list of the best cars under $15,000.  The list was provided by TotalCarScore.com, which collects rankings for all car models from numerous sources, including Consumer Reports, U.S. News and World Report and JD Power, then averages them out to produce a comprehensive

    By definition, economy and compact cars have not been the glamorous categories of automobiles. That’s not the case anymore, judging by this list of the best cars for $15,000 or less.

  • Considered one of the major international auto shows, the 82nd anniversary of the Geneva Motor Show saw launches from some of Europe’s biggest car makers, including the likes of Bentley, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and BMW.Among the sexiest and most expensive cars were Rolls Royce, which showed an updated Phantom, and Ferrari with its new F12 Berlinetta, as well as new releases from Lamborghini and Bugatti. More mainstream premium brands were also well represented with new models. Mercedes introdu

    One of the major international auto shows, the  Geneva Motor Show saw launches from some of Europe’s biggest car makers.

  • The U.S. gross domestic product has been climbing, according to the  While this is good news for the overall economy, it represents a problem for the trucking industry, which  to haul the nation’s goods.Transport Capital Partners’ fourth quarter Business Expectations Survey indicated that the driver shortage had improved ever so slightly since August, which TCP’s Richard Mikes attributed to aggressive recruiting on the part of carriers. However, 70 percent of carriers still reported persistently

    Despite the perception about a lack of work, there are jobs that employers can’t fill. Applicants may lack training, or the jobs may not pay enough. Whatever the reason, jobs in many major sectors going unfilled.

  • The price of gold has more than doubled in the past five years, creating considerable interest in trading the precious metal. Roughly $75 billion is traded in the London bullion market every day. Despite demand, gold is extremely scarce. By some estimates, all of the gold ever mined in the history of the world only fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools. Given the U.S. Geological Society estimates that just 51,000 tons of global gold reserves remain in the ground, gold mining remains a lucrative

    The price of gold has more than doubled in the past five years, creating considerable interest in trading the precious metal.

  • The world’s biggest annual watch and jewelry fair, BaselWorld, opened its doors to 100,000 visitors in the Swiss town of Basel over the weekend. With glittering displays ranging from diamond-laden watches to emerald necklaces, it highlights the best, and most expensive, on offer in the world of luxury goods.Increasingly, the fate of luxury watchmakers and jewelers depends on Asia. In 2011, Swiss watchmakers’ exports to Asia accounted for more than half of annual sales. Exports to China saw the f

    The world’s biggest watch and jewelry fair opens its doors to an expected 100,000 visitors in the Swiss town of Basel this weekend. Check out some of the hottest luxury goods on display!

  • Emerging economies have been moving into clean technology and green energy at a pace that would surprise many. A recent , produced with the Boston Consulting Group identified some  profiting handsomely from sustainability. For example, Brazilian cosmetics giant Natura awards bonuses based on contributions to the company’s financial, environmental and social targets. Indian agriculture manufacturer Jain Irrigation Systems encourages farming practices that maximizes crop yields with less water. "N

    Emerging economies have been moving into clean technology and green energy at a pace that would surprise many.

  • Did you hear? The celebrity real estate world recently buzzed with the rumor that Justin Bieber had bought himself a $10.8 million home for his 18 birthday—and it was the same  Ashton Kutcher has been renting, no less. It was almost too dreamy for a single item of gossip. As anyone who attended high school knows, gossip isn’t always true, and  soon reported that while Bieber had in fact toured that home, and two others, Kutcher may be the one who buys that house. Speaking of high-school days and

    Now we present a collection of teen idols and their homes. A lone elder statesman of this group is 33, but the rest were born after 1984, with four of them born in the 1990s.

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