On the Radar: Kabul hotel attack, wildfire near nuclear lab, teens and drugs
Flames shoot from the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul early Wednesday.
June 29th, 2011
07:43 AM ET

On the Radar: Kabul hotel attack, wildfire near nuclear lab, teens and drugs

Kabul hotel attack - Eight suicide attackers and 10 others were killed in an attack at a Kabul hotel popular with Westerners, journalists and politicians. President Hamid Karzai said Thursday that the attack at the Inter-Continental won't interrupt the power handover from international troops to Afghan forces. Police say the number of dead may go up as they continue to search the hotel. One guest, a student, began to write his will inside his room while he heard shooting and explosions outside his room, because people he contacted outside the hotel told him it was safer if he stayed put. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the carnage. Stay with CNN.com for developments in this story, and check out CNN.com's Afghanistan Crossroads blog which focuses on life in Afghanistan.

Wildfire near nuclear lab - The wildfire near Santa Fe, New Mexico, is within miles of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, so the facility will remain closed at least through Thursday. Officials say the nuclear and hazardous materials at the lab are safe.

First presser since March at White House - President Barack Obama will hold his first news conference since March on Wednesday. He's expected to field questions about Afghanistan, American involvement in Libya, and the United States economy. He's also expected to address the debt ceiling crisis and present his position that the federal government should be allowed to borrow more money.

Teen drug use big problem - A new study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse finds 90% of people who become addicted started smoking, drinking or using other drugs before the age of 18. Columbia University, which published the study, is calling it America's top health problem.

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  1. Common sense Clyde

    Really? People addicted to drugs started as teens? You need to do a study on this? Look at all popular culture geared towards young people. It's filled with everything we tell kids not to do, but they see a rich celebrity who's got the world in the palm of his/her hand and they think their Mom and Dad are lying to them, so they wanna be like the actor or musician. If a kid doesn't have a stable family then they most certainly are going to follow the lead of these celebrities. Our government also fuels this by keeping marijuana in the hands of dealers who have access to other drugs, instead of in regulated shops. They also let Colombian cocaine in the country, as well as Heroin from Afghanistan and Asia. Why even have a study? Its not like the government cares. They like it this way.

    June 29, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    i don't understand why the government keeps borrowing funds from China. Why don't they just borrow oil from countries that they arm? Like Israel's lifelong friend, Saudi Arabia. Why not just borrow oil from our friends rather than borrowing funds from communists in China?

    June 29, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |