Yes, the drug war has created an image problem. But Mexico has launched an aggressive publicity blitz to try to attract more tourists, and it seems to be succeeding.
Even President Felipe Calderon is involved in the full court press to tout the wonders, delicacies and marvels of Mexico to potential visitors.
On the PBS program The Royal Tour of Mexico, Calderon serves as the on-camera guide for TV host Peter Greenberg. The president leads a zip-line tour across a rain forest, rappels into a cave, climbs Mayan ruins and snorkels along a coral reef.
Voters in southwest Alaska have narrowly passed an initiative aimed at stopping an open pit copper and gold mine. The proposed Pebble Mine in near one of the largest sockeye salmon spawning areas. But whether digging continues will likely be decided in the Alaska State Supreme Court.
Sunday's fiery crash on a Las Vegas speedway, which killed driver Dan Wheldon, is sparking debate about the safety of Indy Car racing. Melissa Block talks with Will Power, who was in that race on Sunday. He also crashed and was hospitalized for injuries. He's now home in North Carolina.
As Republican presidential candidates gird for their eighth debate, this one in Las Vegas, Nev., Tuesday evening, a central question is: how will the Herman Cain phenomenon shape the event?
With the one-time pizza company CEO near or at the top of the GOP field depending on which poll you consult, he's likely to draw more attention from the other candidates at the debate than was true in any of their previous meetings. The two-hour debate will be carried by CNN at 8 pm ET.
Since Gallup started asking Americans in 1969 whether use of marijuana should be legal, most have said no. But in a Gallup poll released yesterday, half of Americans said the government should legalize pot use.
That is a record high.
Here's Gallup's historical chart for the question:
And here's how they characterize the shift in public opinion:
Florida has finally implemented an electronic database where the state's doctors can check their patients' prescription drug history. It's hoped the information will curb doctor shopping and other pain pill abuses. The Palm Beach Post reported that the Electronic Florida Online Reporting of Controlled Substances Evaluation system went online Monday. The bill establishing the system was nearly killed by Florida's Republican governor and other influential GOP lawmakers.