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At least six 3,500-year-old rock carvings from California's Volcanic Tableland have been stolen, vandalized or destroyed. Thieves may expect a few thousand dollars for their haul -- a pittance compared with the historic and spiritual value of the ancient petroglyphs.

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Britain's riots were not political, we are assured, and looting is simply un-British, but "Shock Doctrine" author Naomi Klein takes a different view: From Iraq to Argentina, when corrupt elites pass the bill to the struggling masses, civil unrest is to be expected.

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The Chilean city of Concepcion took a big hit from last weekend's earthquake, and now Chile's president, Michelle Bachelet, is working to keep a lid on looting and possible violence in its wake with the help of 14,000 troops posted in the affected region, according to the BBC.

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