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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day. Here are some of the stories we're covering in today's show:
- A lot has changed since America's war on terror began nearly 12 years ago. Today, there's the controversial and secretive U.S. military drone program. There's also the issue of what to do with detainees still being held at Guantanamo Bay. On both those issues, President Obama has been getting heat. Thursday afternoon, he addressed them in a speech on counterterrorism. While he said the U.S. is safer due to past efforts, he also said the country is at a crossroads. Mr. Obama defended the drone program, and pushed Congress for a lift of restrictions for transfers of some Guantanamo prisoners:
"The decisions we are making now will define the type of nation and world that we leave to our children."
- It was a horrific incident in London yesterday. Using knives and a meat cleaver, two men killed a British soldier in broad daylight on a busy street. One of the alleged suspects was videotaped moments after the killing, claiming "we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone...any eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." The suspect said that where he's from – unknown at this point – Muslims are being killed everyday. The incident has been labeled an act of terror by British authorities. Former head of the United Nations' Taliban and al-Qaeda monitoring team, Richard Barrett, says this might not be part of an organized conspiracy. But, there is another concern:
"There's a balance to be struck between publicizing these events...and encouraging other people to copy them. And I think that's a really difficult job for the media. I think that's a really difficult job for the government."
- In Moore, Oklahoma today, pounding rain made things difficult for recovery and cleanup efforts there. It's been three days since a deadly tornado swept through and flattened the town. Thursday marked another day of cleanup and coming to grips with the deadly tornado that killed 24 people – 10 of them children. Seven of the children died inside an elementary school. The mother of one of them, Mikki Dixon, expressed her anguish over her son's school not having a shelter:
"There should be a place that if this ever happened again during school, that kids can get to a safe place that we don't have to sit there and go through rubble and rubble and rubble."
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