8:00am

Sun December 12, 2010
Asia

Artist's Beijing Arrest Launches Wife's Quest

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.

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2:25pm

Sat December 11, 2010
Books

Kitty Kelley Defends The 'Unauthorized Biography"

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."

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12:36pm

Sat December 11, 2010
National Security

Walmart Shoppers: Homeland Security Wants You

Originally published on Sun December 12, 2010 1:01 pm

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano speaks during a news conference on the "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign Wednesday in Washington, D.C.
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If you've ridden the subway in New York City any time in the past few years, you've probably seen the signs: "If You See Something, Say Something."

In Washington, D.C., Metro riders are treated to a recording of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urging them to report suspicious sights to the proper authorities.

Now, Wal-Mart shoppers across the country will see Napolitano's message in a video as they stand in the checkout line.

Why Walmart?

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11:11am

Sat December 11, 2010
Business

Prepaid Debit Cards: More Plastic, More Problems?

There's a new kind of plastic on the rise.

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.

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9:01am

Sat December 11, 2010
Shots - Health News Blog

5 Public Health Gifts For The Person Who Has Everything

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.

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