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Texas Defies the World Court and Its Own Former Governor

The State of Texas is defying President Bush by refusing to halt tonight's scheduled execution of an admitted killer. Is Texas subject to international law? Could American citizens face retaliation overseas? What does the case have to do with illegal immigration and opposition to the death penalty? Also, oil prices fall as high energy costs curb consumer demand, and a “mother lode of gorillas” has been found in the Republic of Congo.

Making News

Oil Prices Fall as High Energy Costs Curb Consumer Demand ()

The price of oil and the price of gasoline at the pump are continuing to decline, giving American consumers some unexpected relief. David Hobbs is head of research at Cambridge Energy Research Associates in Massachusetts.

  • David Hobbs: Head of Research, Cambridge Energy Research Associates

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Texas Flouts World Court to Execute Mexican National ()

On Death Row in Texas, José Medellín admits to the rapes and murders of two teen-age girls 15 years ago in Houston. President Bush wants Texas to postpone tonight’s scheduled execution of the admitted killer, a Mexican national who was denied his rights under an international treaty. The President says Texas should help the US keep its word and obey the World Court in the Netherlands. So far, Governor Rick Perry says, "No deal." It’s about the death penalty, illegal immigration and US credibility. Could there be blowback for American citizens overseas?

  • Dave Montgomery: Regional Correspondent for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
  • Allison Castle: Spokeswoman for Texas Gov. Rick Perry
  • David Fathi: Director of the U.S. program at Human Rights Watch
  • Richard Samp: Chief counsel at the Washington Legal Foundation
  • Edward Swaine: Law professor focused on international law and foreign relations at George Washington University

Reporter's Notebook

Eureka! Hundreds of Thousands of Gorillas Found in Forest ()

Based on estimates made in the 1980's, scientists have believed that the lowland gorillas of Western Africa were facing extinction. The population was thought to be less than 100,000, severely threatened by disease and hunting. But more than 125,000 have been found alive and well in a remote, inaccessible region of the Republic of Congo called "the Green Abyss." Conservation Emma Stokes of the World Conservation Society calls the discovery "the mother lode of gorillas."

  • Emma Stokes: Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society

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