Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian eye doctor who long served as Osama bin Laden's deputy, has been officially chosen as al-Qaida's new leader. Zawahiri was already the group's operational commander and main spokesman, and he was widely expected to succeed Osama bin Laden. Some al-Qaida members have complained that Zawahiri is uninspiring and divisive as a leader, and terrorism experts say he will need to demonstrate that he can direct the terror network as skillfully as bin Laden did.
The Northern Rocky Mountain states are bracing for what could be major flooding this month. The snowpack in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah is at a record high for this time of year. As temperatures rise, that snow is melting. If it gets too hot too quickly, snow will come off the mountains faster than rivers can handle. Some have already overflowed their banks.
Over the last few weeks, people in the suburbs of Fairfield County, Conn., have been reporting sightings of a mountain lion roaming the woods. Then a mountain lion was hit by a car on a highway and state officials said the large cat, which has been declared extinct in the East, must have been someone's pet. But now more reports of mountain lion sightings are coming in from the wealthy town of Greenwich, and officials are considering the possibility that there may be a second mountain lion loose in the 'burbs.
This weekend was supposed to be a celebration — with a gathering of people named Phil Campbell from across the world meeting up in the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama. That was before the town was hit was a devastating tornado in April. Now the gathering has turned into a fundraiser with 18 Phil Campbells headed to Phil Campbell the town. Melissa Block speaks with Jerry Mays, the mayor of Phil Campbell, and the Phil Campbell organizing the gathering.
New York City Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will follow the advice of many in Washington and resign. For weeks, Weiner has tried to hold on to his congressional seat — even after he admitted sending lewd online message to women, and then lying about it. But Weiner changed course Thursday, announcing his resignation at a news conference in his district, which includes parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou says he will stay on as leader of his party and the country. Papandreou has been criticized for his handling of the debt crisis in Greece, and there has been growing opposition to the austerity measures he says are vital if Greece is to keep receiving bailout money from the EU and IMF. Sylvia Poggioli speaks with Melissa Block.
President Obama and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner will put their differences aside — at least for a round of golf this weekend. They'll be joined by Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich. Robert Siegel talks with Peter Finch, an editor at Golf Digest magazine, about how relationships can grow and deals can be made on the green.
California Gov. Gerry Brown has vetoed the budget sent to him Wednesday by the Legislature. Lawmakers had scrambled to meet their deadline. But Brown says the budget fails to raise taxes and makes severe cuts to vital public services. Robert Siegel talks with Sacramento bureau chief of member station KQED John Myers.
As the Missouri River continues to grow due to releases of water from reservoirs in the Dakotas, Omaha, Nebraska's metropolitan airport is scrambling to protect its property from flood water. Sandbagging and continuous monitoring of the levee system are underway to protect Eppley Airfield. But will it be enough to keep the Missouri River — which is expected to rise another two feet in Omaha and remain flooded through August — away from the airport?