1:10pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Mexican National Is Executed, Despite White House's Appeal To High Court

Originally published on Wed January 22, 2014 1:38 pm

Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican citizen on death row since 1995 for the rape and bludgeoning of a 16-year-old San Antonio girl.
San Antonio Express-News

Humberto Leal Garcia Jr. is expected to be executed this afternoon in Huntsville, Tx. But his execution has become less about the fact that he was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl and more about a rare diplomatic showdown between the state, the Obama administration and even the United Nations.

The Wall Street Journal reports:

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1:08pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Obama: 'Constructive' Budget Talks To Continue; Leaders To Meet Sunday

Originally published on Thu July 7, 2011 1:29 pm

Saying that today's White House meeting with Congressional leaders was "very constructive," President Obama just announced that budget negotiations will continue through the weekend and that he'll be meeting with Congressional leaders again on Sunday.

And when they reconvene, Obama said, it will be "with the expectation that at that point, the parties will at least know where each others' bottom lines are."

Lawmakers, he added, know there will be "pain involved politically on all sides" in any agreement.

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1:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
The Impact of War

Withdrawal Plans Have Troops Looking Toward Home

President Barack Obama recently announced that 10,000 American troops will be pulling out of Afghanistan by year's end, and after years spent overseas, many in the military are thinking ahead to what they can expect when they get home.

1:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Education

Keeping Kids Intellectually Engaged In The Summer

Studies show that students lose months of reading and math skills over summer vacation. That knowledge loss adds up — especially for children of low-income families — but it can be mitigated by keeping students engaged all year long.

1:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Mental Health

Reassessing Anonymity In 12-Step Programs

Many 12-step programs make a rule of preserving participants' anonymity, but now some are challenging that policy. Opponents say 12-step programs have lost enough of their stigma for participants to be openly involved, while others insist on the value of privacy on the road to recovery.

12:43pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Africa

Celebratory South Sudan Prepares For Independence

A Sudanese man holds the flag of South Sudan.
Phil Moore AFP/Getty Images

It is not often the world welcomes a brand new nation into its fold. But that will be the case on Saturday, when South Sudan becomes the United Nations' 193rd member and the African Union's 54th.

Independence comes after a bitter and long-fought conflict against Sudan's north, which left the south marginalized, underdeveloped and facing huge challenges — and the specter of more fighting.

But in Juba, the new capital, South Sudan is preparing to celebrate.

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12:06pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Latin America

Drug Cartels Prey On Migrants Crossing Mexico

Mexican soldiers have taken control of the police department in downtown Matamoros, in the border state of Tamaulipas.
Jason Beaubien NPR

Second in a three-part series.

If there's one place that has come to illustrate the perils confronting the hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing Mexico in an attempt to reach the United States, it's San Fernando in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.

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12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Space

DeGrasse Tyson: Links Between NASA, Fashion, Food

The final launch of NASA's shuttle Atlantis is this Friday. When that mission ends, so will the shuttle program that produced scientific advances and stunning cosmic photos. To learn about the program's legacy and the future of space exploration, host Michel Martin speaks with Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and host of "NOVA scienceNOW."

12:00pm

Thu July 7, 2011
Education

Arne Duncan: How Dream Act Can Reduce Deficit

During Obama's Twitter Town Hall meeting Wednesday, several questions focused on U.S. schools' needs and budgets. Host Michel Martin and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discuss No Child Left Behind, the plan aimed to improve failing public schools; as well as the Dream Act, which would create a path to citizenship for some undocumented youth.

11:59am

Thu July 7, 2011
Shots - Health Blog

Americans Get An F On Fat

Obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S.
iStockphoto

Did you really think people in this country were getting slimmer? Of course not.

But the latest look at obesity in the U.S. paints an even grimmer picture of our national weight problem than you might have imagined.

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