A nearly 800-year-old relic was stolen from St. Anthony's Church in Long Beach, Calif. The church brought out its relic, kept in a case with angel-shaped handles, to celebrate the Saint's Feast Day. The congregation is hopeful the item will be returned.
A Ferrari worth $750,000 was stolen years ago but was later recovered. That's how an FBI agent ended up at the wheel with a prosecutor as a passenger when it crashed. The prosecutor says they were just on a little drive before the car went to the impound lot.
Senators from both parties are trying to release some of the assets of Moammar Gadhafi's regime, which were frozen several months ago. But figuring out how to do that isn't simple. Stuart Levey, of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks to Steve Inskeep about how it could happen. Earlier this year, Levey left the Treasury Department as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence.
In Syria, refugees are still fleeing into Turkey after government forces cracked down on a rebellious northern town. Other details are more difficult to get hold of. For example, what is daily life like across the country? Steve Inskeep talks to a woman who blogs from Damascus, who writes under the name Jasmine Roman.
The Supreme Court has upheld a Nevada law that bars lawmakers from voting on or even debating matters in which they have a conflict of interest. A Nevada council member had challenged the law, asserting that it prohibited his first amendment rights.
General Motors is about to surpass Toyota in sales. That's after Toyota cut its sales projections following supply chain disruption because of this year's earthquake and tsunami. The last time GM beat Toyota worldwide was in 2008.
Italians voted overwhelmingly in four referendums to overturn key legislation passed by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The prime minister had urged voters to boycott the votes on nuclear power, privatization of water utilities and a law allowing government ministers to avoid trial hearings. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the vote is a humiliating defeat for the scandal-prone prime minister but does not automatically lead to his government's collapse.
For Libyans, one of the main hardships caused by the worldwide campaign against their leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is a nationwide shortage of gasoline.
Fighting has nearly ground to a halt the oil-rich nation's ability to refine fuel. A naval blockade keeps any fuel tankers from leaving or reaching the North African nation's ports.
The shortage has led to cars lining up as far as the eye can see outside Libyan gas stations providing what little fuel is left at normal prices. But being a woman there means you may not have to wait as long to fill up.
The field of GOP presidential contenders appeared onstage for their first major debate in New Hampshire, taking aim at President Obama, criticizing his handling of the economy and vowing to repeal his health care overhaul.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumed front-runner, set the tone for Monday night's debate by explaining that any of the Republican contenders present "would be a better president than President Obama."