The earthquake in Haiti brought an outpouring of charitable giving this year, with Americans donating about $1.8 billion to help the victims. It was a philanthropic bright spot in an otherwise lackluster year. Charities say they're still feeling the effects of the recession on donations, but some think that things are starting, ever so slightly, to turn around.
The Deepwater Horizon accident last April put a halt to offshore drilling -- not just in the Gulf of Mexico but in Alaska, too. Despite that, Shell is pushing ahead with plans to drill an exploratory well in the Arctic Ocean, in the Beaufort Sea off the north coast of Alaska.
The company has spent more than $3.5 billion on federal leases and preparations to drill in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas. So far, that investment hasn't returned a single dollar.
Venturing deep into the corners and warrens of Kabul's Old City, we stepped over gullies of exposed sewer pipes and tip-toed around an open swath of earth where men were laying the foundation for a new building.
Airborne sawdust coated my microphones. The sounds of hard work were everywhere: iron hammers, the roll of rusty wheelbarrows, the shouts of men, the trickle of a water pump, the pull of mud on boots and sandals.