Jane Wells, NBR, CNBC.com’s Posts

If you tuned in to talk radio in Los Angeles last week, you might have heard some screaming. “The farming industry is using 80 percent of the water, and they’re 2 percent of the economy, justify that!” shouted John Kobylt of KFI radio’s “John and Ken Show.” Kobylt was ripping into Brad Gleason, who manages …

It’s showtime for Robert Bigelow. The real estate developer and hotel magnate estimates he’s spent $275 million of his own fortune researching, building, and testing expandable living areas for outer space at Bigelow Aerospace, a company he founded in North Las Vegas 16 years ago. NASA wants to see if he’s right. It’s paying him …

The aircraft Solar Impulse isn’t the only unusual item being powered by the sun. Why shouldn’t everything be powered by the sun? It’s the most powerful thing in the solar system! That’s why it’s called the SOLAR system. Here are five more unusual items already using solar energy. Cars Solar-powered cars have been in development for …

Darin Goka personifies everything about modern fitness. He does CrossFit. In fact, he loves CrossFit so much, he competes in a league. He’s up to date on diet trends. Paleo was nice for a while, but he’s kicked it up a notch to vegan. “No animals were harmed in my training,” he boasts. So how …

Supply is outstripping demand in the unlikeliest place—legal recreational marijuana in the state of Washington. Growers who jumped into the new legal market hoping to make a killing in cannabis are now getting killed by a glut of product. “There is going to be a lot of people who are going to be in trouble,” …

One shipping analyst calls the congestion at ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach the “worst-ever on record.” For months, both shippers and longshoremen have accused each other of intentionally slowing operations to gain leverage in contract negotiations that began last May. Congestion was already building due to more ships, larger ships and a lack …

Waze is a Google app that lets users share traffic information. It also lets drivers know the location of police officers, in case they want to slow down. That has Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck upset, but not because the city loses out on traffic ticket revenue. The chief believes Waze “poses a danger …

SpaceX and Boeing plan to build space “taxis” that can American astronauts to the International Space Station by 2017, and both companies appeared together at a NASA press conference Monday to unveil updates in the space agency’s commercial crew carrier competition. NASA has awarded Boeing $4.6 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to develop and operate …

Pot may be illegal in the eyes of the federal government. But the people selling it legally still have to pay their taxes. Owners of recreational “adult use” marijuana operations in Colorado and Washington are preparing to file their first federal tax returns, and they’re learning some hard lessons. The IRS is not allowing all the …

The U.S. solar industry employs nearly 174,000 Americans, up nearly 22 percent in a year. “Solar employment grew nearly 20 times faster than the national average employment growth rate,” said The Solar Foundation, which released the numbers Thursday in its annual census on solar jobs. While 174,000 jobs is little more than one-tenth of 1 …

New Year’s Eve is one of the biggest nights of the year for champagne sales. New Year’s Day is one of the biggest days of the year for hangover cures. Trying to erase the bad aftereffects of a late night has moved beyond hot coffee, or “hair of the dog that bit you.” Hangover cures …

This week the Los Angeles Police Department announced it would spend millions of dollars to outfit all 7,000 patrol officers with body cameras, choosing a system from Taser. The hope is that a camera system will help build trust and provide accountability for officers and the people they encounter. A camera system costs a lot …

Drivers in Los Angeles pride themselves on their ability to strategize the daily commute. Every day presents a new challenge: Find the best shortcut, the secret alternative route, to shave off precious minutes from a cruel trek. “Saturday Night Live’s” “The Californians” is played for laughs, but it rings true. As a reporter in Los …

The next time you want to badmouth lawyers—which is probably, like, right this minute—consider the case of Genser Dubow Genser & Cona, a Long Island firm that specializes in elder law. Partner Jennifer Cona said that over the years handling clients’ estate planning, protecting their assets, or helping them prepare for nursing home care, she …

As Americans overloaded with student debt question the value of a college degree, training for one high-paying profession begging for employees costs relatively little. Court reporters. “There is going to be a demand, and a need, for at least 5,500 new positions over the next three to five coming years,” said Sarah Nageotte, president of …