HARI SREENIVASAN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton led a high-power U.S. delegation to Mexico today to talk about that country’s escalating drug war. She acknowledged U.S. demand for narcotics is helping fuel the violence.
The Mexican foreign secretary, Patricia Espinosa, hosted the meeting. Also present were U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The gathering came two weeks after an American Consulate worker and her husband were gunned down in the Mexican border town of Juarez.
The sexual abuse scandal that’s plagued the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. may be easing. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reported today there were 398 allegations of abuse involving clergy last year. That’s down 36 percent from the year before. Most of the cases were decades-old. The number of alleged offenders dropped 32 percent.
Most are dead, no longer in the priesthood, or have been removed from the ministry. A wave of new abuse allegations has come to light across Europe in recent weeks.
Wall Street had a good day, after sales of existing homes fell less than expected last month. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 103 points to finish well over 10888. The Nasdaq rose more than 19 points to close at 2415.
Those are some of the day’s main stories. I’ll be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you will find tonight on the “NewsHour”‘s Web site — but, for now, back to Gwen.