Here's today's feel-good story: Two months shy of his 100 birthday, Leo Plass of Oregon received his associates degree from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande. Plass had dropped out of college in 1932.
On Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its latest list of places the trust considers the most endangered in the country. The list of 11 includes a Chicago hospital; a jazz musician's home; and a plant in Minneapolis that was once the world's most advanced flour mill.
In an effort to show journalists in Tripoli that the Libyan government is still in control of its territory, officials organized trips for separate groups of foreign press. They took one group to the east of Tripoli, the other to the west and one to the south.
NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson was in the group that headed east to the city of al Khoms, some 80 miles east of Tripoli. Soraya reports that their media bus was escorted by police across the check points and she saw no traffic. What she did see were cars lined up along the side of the road, waiting to get gas.
A planned execution in Texas has the state at odds with the federal government and the International Court of Justice.
The dispute involves Humberto Leal Jr., a Mexican national who was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
When he was arrested, Leal was not informed of his right to notify his embassy or consulate. Mexico cried foul, the International Court of Justice agreed, and the U.S. government asked Texas to review the case.
But the state has refused and plans to execute Leal in three weeks.