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Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Nov 13, 2013

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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The United Nations said today that production of the plant used to make heroin has hit a record high in Afghanistan. This comes after more than a decade of trying to wean the Afghan economy from this deadly cash crop, which is now expanded to more than half a million acres. And, last night at Christie's, a triptych by Francis Bacon went for $142.3 million. That's the most ever for a work of art, which sold after what the auction house called six minutes of fierce telephone bidding. At Sotheby's in New York tonight, it's possible the new record will be broken again when Andy Warhol's "Silver Car Crash, Double Disaster" goes on the auction block.

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How do you prevent a 'flash rob'?

Nov 13, 2013
Sports Authority stores in Chicago are getting hit by "flash robs," gangs of shoplifters who are triggered all at once.

Could the Supreme Court deal another blow to unions?

Nov 13, 2013
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that could weaken union-organizing efforts.

Boom times for opium cultivation in Afghanistan

Nov 13, 2013
516,000 acres in Afghanistan are dedicated to growing opium poppies.

What's the best way to give to the Philippines?

Nov 13, 2013
People around the world want to help the Philippines. But what’s the best way to donate after disaster strikes?

A painting that gets better as art if it sells for $100 million

Nov 13, 2013
Last night, a Francis Bacon triptych sold for $142.4 million. Tonight, an Andy Warhol painting may top it. And one art critic says that may actually make it better as art.

PODCAST: How to give to the Philippines in a way that matters

Nov 13, 2013
The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that could weaken union-organizing efforts. Sports Authority stores in Chicago are getting hit by "flash robs," gangs of shoplifters who are triggered all at once. And, people around the world want to help the Philippines. But what’s the best way to donate after disaster strikes?

New guidelines could have more people on statins

Nov 13, 2013
New guidelines say not to focus too much on your cholesterol levels.

The United Nations said today that production of the plant used to make heroin has hit a record high in Afghanistan. This comes after more than a decade of trying to wean the Afghan economy from this deadly cash crop, which is now expanded to more than half a million acres. And, last night at Christie’s, a triptych by Francis Bacon went for $142.3 million. That’s the most ever for a work of art, which sold after what the auction house called six minutes of fierce telephone bidding. At Sotheby’s in New York tonight, it’s possible the new record will be broken again when Andy Warhol’s “Silver Car Crash, Double Disaster” goes on the auction block.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC