Top of the News

The latest headlines.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

BILL WOLFF: This is NPR.

(Soundbite of music)

MARK GARRISON: Thanks, Rachel. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton face off in two more Democratic primaries tomorrow. They seemed to shift gears over the weekend. They're talking more about healing the party for the fall campaign against Republican John McCain. NPR's Peter Overby has more.

PETER OVERBY: The primaries are dwindling down to a precious few, five, to be exact. This weekend, both candidates got questioned about polls showing that many of their supporters might go to McCain if the other Democrat is nominated. Here's Obama's response Saturday in Roseburg, Oregon.

(Soundbite of press conference)

Senator BARACK OBAMA (Democrat, Illinois): For all the differences between myself and Senator Clinton, those differences pale in comparison in the differences we have with the Republicans.

OVERBY: And here's Clinton in a Sunday interview on CNN.

(Soundbite of TV show "The Situation Room")

Senator HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON (Democrat, New York): Anybody who has ever voted for me or voted for Barack has much more in common, in terms of what we want to see happen in our country and in the world, with the other than they do with John McCain.

OVERBY: On Tuesday, Kentucky holds its primary and Oregon's vote-by-mail primary comes to a close.

GARRISON: NPR's Peter Overby reporting. We will have more on politics, a conversation with Jim VandeHei from Politico.com in just a bit. Senator Ted Kennedy could learn more about his health today. A seizure Saturday sent him rushing to the hospital. He's been there all weekend. Doctors expect test results today at the earliest.

Drug violence in Mexico keeps getting worse. Now a Mexican border-town police chief is quitting before the cartels kill him, too. James Blears has more from Mexico City.

JAMES BLEARS: Chief Guillermo Prieto has resigned. While he was in charge of public security, the drug cartels issued a list of 22 senior officers they're going for, including him. So far, they've murdered seven as a response to the government crackdown on them. Mexican authorities have confirmed that more than a thousand people have died in drug-related violence so far this year. Mexican President Felipe Calderon sent task forces of more than 25,000 federal police and troops to hotspots to bolster beleaguered law enforcement.

GARRISON: James Blears reporting from Mexico City. And no breaks for drivers yet. A new survey shows gas prices up 17 cents from two weeks ago. Average self-serve regular prices are now $3.79 a gallon. That is a 61-cent increase from just a year ago. Sound like a lot? Well, get ready for four bucks a gallon.

Ms. TRILBY LUNDBERG (Publisher, Lundberg Survey): There is a very high possibility that the price could reach four dollars per gallon on average sometime in the next few weeks, or at least in the summer demand period.

GARRISON: That's analyst Trilby Lundberg. Her firm did the survey. She says the average has already topped four dollars in two metro areas, which is a first. That is your news for now. It's always online at npr.org.

WOLFF: This is NPR.

Copyright © 2008 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: