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To combat the ongoing drought, Southern California cities are offering rebates to property owners willing to tear up their green lawns for more climate-appropriate alternatives. Some entrepreneurial landscaping businesses are taking advantage.
Major League Baseball owners have selected Rob Manfred to succeed Bud Selig as the league's commissioner. Manfred is the sport's 10th commissioner, selected after six rounds of voting by the 30 MLB owners. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis joins Robert Siegel to speak about the news.
To the world, Detroit's bankruptcy may appear one more painful and embarrassing episode in a wretched urban play. But inside the city and throughout southeastern Michigan, the financial mess has galvanized a tremendous amount of goodwill. For one example, Tracy Samilton of Michigan Public Radio points to the rehabilitation of Cody High School.
Rick Barton, a top State Department official, says sometimes the U.S. has to take risks in diplomacy. Citing his own frustrations, he says that the Obama administration has yet to come up with a real strategy to resolve the war in Syria and isolate jihadi fighters.
Thousands of people are converging on Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, for a protest rally against the government. The protesters began their 300-mile march in Lahore, led by Imran Khan, who believes he was robbed of last year's election by voting fraud. Meanwhile, a populist cleric is leading a separate march on the capital.
Heavy fighting continues in eastern Ukraine, as government and separatist forces still fight for control of the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk.