China's government has described supporters of this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, as "clowns." It also has launched a sweeping crackdown on dissidents, many of whom are now under house arrest.
For one Canadian woman in Beijing, the struggle for human rights has come down to a personal quest: to gain her husband's release from jail.
Kitty Kelley chronicles the lives of public figures -- politicians and celebrities alike. She does so without her subjects' permission and sometimes without their blessing. In fact, when news got out that Kelley was going to write Frank Sinatra's unauthorized biography, he sued her before she wrote the first word.
"I've been doing these books for 30 years and I have never ever lost a lawsuit. I have never been successfully sued," Kelley tells NPR's Audie Cornish. "I want to tell you, though, that Frank Sinatra got my attention."
Prepaid debit cards are the fastest growing of all electronic payments, according to a new report by the Federal Reserve System. U.S. consumers loaded $28.6 billion on reloadable prepaid debit cards last year -- more than double what they did in 2007.
Does Uncle Bob really need another pair of socks this Christmas? Maybe he'd be more pleased with a bottle of deworming tablets from UNICEF dedicated in his name. For $36, the pills will prevent 994 kids from getting intestinal worms, the agency says.
Aunt Sue, too, might get more of a lift from $75 breastfeeding classes for women in need than that potholder you had in mind. Sign up with Mercy Corps, an international relief group.