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  • Corruption Ignored, Deplored In Afghanistan
    The Obama administration is calling on Afghanistan's government to tackle widespread corruption, but some say the international community shares in the blame. Bribery and extortion have become a way of life in the country.
  • McMurtry's 'Literary Life': Not Simple, But Practical
    Larry McMurtry, the author of Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment, has written a new memoir about the struggles and successes of his long writing career, called Literary Life.
  • Verdict For Chinese Dissident Expected Friday
    China put one of its best-known dissidents on trial Wednesday for his role in creating a political manifesto. Liu Xiaobo pleaded not guilty to the charges of "incitement to subvert state power." The court said Liu had committed "serious crimes." If convicted, Liu faces up to 15 years in jail. A verdict is expected on Christmas Day.
  • 'American Idol' And The Making Of A Star
    Launched in 2002, American Idol wasn't the first TV show to make a pop star, and it hasn't been the last. But the show has changed the way the public interacts with the machinery of the music industry. NPR Music's Stephen Thompson looks at the show and describes his own brush with Idol glory.
  • 31 Rue Cambon: Coco Chanel's Fabulous Paris Flat
    Chanel kept a lavishly decorated apartment above her famous boutique. The grand yet intimate space is filled with crystal chandeliers, gleaming mirrors and personal gifts from her many famous artist friends. The only thing missing is a bedroom — but no matter. Every night, Mademoiselle Chanel slept at the Ritz.
  • Ford Moves Closer To Selling Volvo Unit
    Ford Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it expects a final deal to sell its Volvo division to be completed early next year. China's Geely Group wants to buy Volvo so it can upgrade its own car line. The deal still needs financing and government approvals, but Ford said the two companies have settled major terms of the deal.
  • Report: November New Home Sales Are Higher
    Sales of existing homes rose last month to a annual rate of more than 6.5 million homes, according to the National Association of Realtors. That's the highest level in more than three years. The reasons for the rise are low prices and an extended homebuyer tax credit.
  • Silk Scarves Combat Sex Trade
    A retired priest in Nashville, Tenn., is using an online store to help keep Cambodian women out of the sex trade. Socially-minded entrepreneurs have used the Internet to help artisans from remote regions earn a living selling their wares around the world. One project that supports silk weavers is called Mekong Blue.
  • Tinsel Sales Glitter This Holiday
    The staple of Christmas decor is enjoying brisk sales. The Wall Street Journal reports the Philadelphia company that dominates the tinsel market says sales are up 40 percent over last year. Tinsel was once made of shredded silver — now it's made of plastic
  • On Health Bill, Reid Proves The Ultimate Deal Maker
    Advocates are hailing Harry Reid for rounding up 60 votes to pass the Senate's massive health care overhaul bill. But on the way to 60, the majority leader made many compromises, which Republicans are slamming as "sweetheart deals."

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