The U.S. State Department has funded international student exchanges for decades, looking to form lifelong bonds and increase understanding across borders.
One program brought hundreds of Afghan high school students to small communities in the U.S. beginning in 2004.
But this year, the U.S. has quietly suspended the popular youth exchange. The reason? Fear of a dark future in Afghanistan was prompting too many of the students to bail out of the program and seek asylum elsewhere.
America's South, Midwest and Southwest are suffering through drought and high heat. Those regions have braved a string of days that saw temperatures in the high 90s, with heat indexes commonly reaching above 110 degrees.
But forecasters say much of the eastern U.S. will experience a gradual cool-down in the next few days. "New York and the D.C. area will drop down intothe lower 80s by Friday," the AP said, "while Atlanta drops to the upper 80s Friday and Saturday."
Mike Vuick, owner of McDain's Restaurant and Golf Center in Monroeville, Pa., has taken a stand: Starting Saturday, his restaurant will no longer admit children younger than 6.
"I'm doing this on behalf of all the kind, refined people who have emailed me who have had meals ruined," Vuick told The Wall Street Journal. "I've decided someone in our society had to dig their heels in on this issue."
Newly independent South Sudan was welcomed to the United Nations Thursday, just days after the largely Christian East African nation formally seceded from Arab-dominated Sudan after decades of civil war. South Sudan brought the number of U.N. members to 193.
In a Newscast report filed from New York , Linda Fasulo said it remains to be seen "how the impoverished but resource-rich nation of 8 million people will fare in achieving a stable, peaceful and democratic society."
One person with outsize influence in the debate over raising the debt ceiling is not at the negotiating table. Instead, he sits in downtown Washington at the offices of Americans for Tax Reform, a group that he has run for a quarter century. From there, Grover Norquist fields phone calls and emails from some of the people who are at the negotiating table, and he holds them to their pledge.
The release of the last Harry Potter movie marks an end to a saga more than 10 years in the making. The first J.K. Rowling book was published in 1997. But the question of what young adult series will fill that void remains to be seen. Michele Norris talks to Judy Bulow, a book buyer at Tattered Cover Books in Denver, about what comes after the adventure of the boy wizard comes to an end.
The Pentagon said today that in March, foreign hackers stole 24,000 sensitive files during a single breach. The disclosure came from William J. Lynn III, deputy defense secretary, who was unveiling the Department of Defense's "Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace."