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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
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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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.

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.

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