The Obama administration stopped short of calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign after Assad loyalists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus. The public posture on Syria is changing as Assad's regime continues its brutal crackdown on protesters. Britain's Foreign Officer Minister Alistair Burt talks to Steve Inskeep about the situation in Syria.
There's been more fighting in western Libya as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi moved to retake control of a village that fell to rebel fighters earlier this week. As news of the latest attack spread, young rebels in the mountain town of Zintan jumped into cars and trucks heading to the front. Civilians fled in the other direction to escape the bombardment.
No one has claimed responsibility for a trio of bomb blasts in India's commercial capital of Mumbai that killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens, as police sifted through clues Thursday to determine who might have carried out the attacks.
Government officials said they have yet to rule out any group or motive. Despite 2008 attacks by gunmen in the city blamed on Pakistan-linked militants, the officials have been careful not to point fingers at Islamabad for Wednesday's bombings.
The phone-hacking charges involving Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. has mostly been a British scandal. But the tentacles of his empire extend far beyond Britain. Ken Auletta, media writer for The New Yorker, talks to Mary Louise Kelly about the scope of the News Corp. media empire.
Rupert Murdoch's media company has been under fire for a phone-hacking scandal in Britain. On Wednesday, News Corp. announced it was withdrawing a bid to buy full interest in the British broadcast company BSkyB. Murdoch has suffered a stunning loss of political influence in Britain.
As negotiations continue over the nation's deficit and debt ceiling, Thomas Hoenig is calling on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, says low rates have helped big banks but they're not allowing average people to save. Hoenig talks to Stave Inskeep about his ideas and what they could mean for the economy.
Southern Californians are calling it Carpacoplypse and Carmagadden. This weekend, Interstate 405 in Los Angeles will shut down completely for construction. The closure is causing a certain amount of panic.