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Gift Wrapping

Modern gift-wrap tradition has ties to Hallmark

Dec 24, 2014
Wrapping paper as we know it took off about 100 years ago. Now it's a $3 billion industry.
Posted In: Christmas, holidays, gifts
A banner that reads "no to the canal" is carried this week during a protest against a new canal opening in Nicaragua.

Nicaragua's much-touted canal meets with opposition

Dec 24, 2014
Nicaragua's been talking about building a canal for 200 years. Considerable skepticism has greeted the project.
Posted In: Panama Canal, China, investment

Google knows what's under the Christmas tree

Dec 24, 2014
New York Times mines search-engine data to see what gifts people are searching for, city by city.
Posted In: Christmas gifts, holidays, states, Google

Ruble woes spark London house-buying spree

Dec 24, 2014
Rich Russians eager to move their money are snapping up pricey London houses.
Posted In: Russia, ruble, real estate
Russia's Communist Party supporters take part in a rally on Monday in Central Moscow against the fall of the ruble.

Russia is facing a 'full-blown economic crisis'

Dec 23, 2014
Adriene Hill talks to BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg.
Posted In: Russia, sanctions, ruble
A meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, at its headquarters in Vienna.

Why won't OPEC cut production ?

Dec 22, 2014
Members of the oil cartel could get higher prices if they cut production but there would be a cost.
Posted In: OPEC, cheap oil, Saudi Arabia

Cuba to expand its internet access

Dec 19, 2014
Lizzie O'Leary speaks with Nancy Scola who covers Tech Policy for The Washington Post.
Posted In: cuba, Internet

TTYL: Retailers hope to connect over online chat

Dec 19, 2014
When a chat window opens up while you're online shopping, who is writing back?

How an oil rush made LA the city it is today

Dec 18, 2014
After first oil well was drilled in 1892, derricks became a symbol of Los Angeles.
Posted In: Oil, oil well, los angeles
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