7:31am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Friends Don't Let Friends Drink And Buy Puppies

New York City's West Village is home to a pet shop called Le Petite Puppy. It's within walking distance of several bars. The manager says inebriated bar patrons will stumble in and attempt to buy a puppy without thinking through the responsibilities that entails. So the store's banned puppy sales to drunk customers.

7:29am

Thu July 7, 2011
Opinion

Foreign Policy: Missing In Mexico

Police officers stand next to a hole that they say is used as a mass grave, near San Fernando, Tamaulipas state, Mexico in April. Security forces have unearthed many bodies in Tamaulipas where a drug gang is believed to be kidnapping passengers from buses and hiding their victims in secret graves, authorities said Tuesday.
Alexandre Meneghini AP

Elizabeth Dickinson is a freelance journalist and former assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy.

MEXICO CITY — On a quiet November day nearly two years ago, Luis Angel Leon Rodriguez called his mother, Araceli, to tell her he would be leaving town for a while. The 24-year-old federal police officer was being sent on a mission to Michoacán, one of Mexico's hottest states for organized crime. He would earn a bit more money in the danger zone, he explained. His mother implored him not to go; Luis Angel brushed off her fears.

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7:25am

Thu July 7, 2011
Strange News

Russian Motorists Fall For Ruble Prank

Drivers in Moscow stopped in the middle of a 10-lane highway this week to pick up what looked like strewn money. It turns out, the road was not paved with rubles. Just bookmarks printed to look like a 1,000 ruble note.

7:25am

Thu July 7, 2011
The Two-Way

Reports Of 'Broader Deal' On Deficit As Obama And Leadership Huddle

With President Obama preparing to meet with congressional leaders from both major parties at the White House later this morning, there are a variety of reports about the outlines of what may — and we stress the word may -- be a deal on a multitrillion-dollar deficit-reduction plan.

We'll start with this from NPR's Marilyn Geewax:

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5:38am

Thu July 7, 2011
Asia

North Korea Accused Of Paying For Nuclear Secrets

The father of Pakistan's nuclear program tells The Washington Post that North Korea paid kickbacks to Pakistani military officials in exchange for sensitive nuclear technology.

5:32am

Thu July 7, 2011
All Politics are Local

Fancy Farm Speakers Confirmed

Speakers for the 131st annual Fancy Farm picnic have been scheduled and organizers have confirmed candidates seeking statewide office and departing public officials will be in attendance. Time has even been set aside for any GOP presidential nominees running in 2012, but none are on the list—yet.

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4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Minn. State Workers Angry There's No Budget Deal

Minnesota's government has had been shutdown for nearly a week. There continues to be a standoff over taxes and spending between the Democratic governor and the Republicans who control the state's legislature. Hundreds of laid off state workers rallied at the steps of the state Capitol Wednesday.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Economy

Debt Ceiling Fate Boils Down to Semantics

With the August deadline on the debt ceiling looming, President Obama and Republicans say they have agreed on a set of spending cuts. The president is insisting that the package include some revenue. The debate seems to center on when is a tax increase not a tax increase. David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, talks to Renee Montagne about Thursday's deficit reduction talks at the White House.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Around the Nation

Texas Urged To Stop Mexican National's Execution

In Texas Thursday, Humberto Leal Garcia is scheduled to be put to death. Leal was convicted of the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1994 — but he is a Mexican national and was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate at the time of his arrest. President Obama, the United Nations and others have asked Texas to stay the execution, but the state has refused.

4:00am

Thu July 7, 2011
Media

Hacking Scandal Puts Spotlight On Murdoch's Tabloid

The Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid "News Of The World" is facing new allegations in a phone hacking scandal that has set off a fire storm in Britain. Murdoch's top news executive at News International is under increasing pressure to resign.

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