1:24pm

Fri December 24, 2010
Fine Art

Lichtenstein, Warhol Works Stolen From Chic Home

Authorities are ramping up their effort to solve a Manhattan mystery: Who drilled a hole in the wall of a chic home and stole a collection of artworks by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol?

The burglars also made off with surveillance tapes that might have caught them in the act.

Police released images of the art on Thursday, hoping someone might help solve the crime in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District.

Authorities estimate the home was burglarized last month, sometime during Thanksgiving week.

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11:32am

Fri December 24, 2010
Around the Nation

Charities Optimistic After Year Of Lackluster Giving

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.

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6:00am

Fri December 24, 2010
Business

Shell Pushes Forward To Drill Well In Arctic

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.

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5:49am

Fri December 24, 2010
Planet Money

Why Economists Hate Presents, And How Seventh Graders Solved The Problem

Giving and receiving gifts can be a joyful thing -- unless you're an economist. From an economic perspective, all those books that will never be read and ties that will never be worn are a huge waste.

To investigate a possible solution, we went to a seventh-grade classroom at a public school in Brooklyn.

The students were already familiar with the issue.

“This is kind of silly, but I got a Power Ranger,” Tadre Jones said. “I was grateful, but I didn’t really like it.”

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5:00am

Fri December 24, 2010
The Picture Show

Visiting Kabul's Old City

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:37 am

An Afghan construction worker washes up before evening prayers in Kabul's Old City of Murad Khane.
David Gilkey NPR

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.

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