Scott Neuman http://wuis.org en Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk http://wuis.org/post/ukrainian-troops-said-poised-retake-rebel-held-donetsk Ukrainian forces were reportedly advancing on rebel positions near the key eastern town of Donetsk on Saturday, as they try to retake the separatist stronghold.<p>Donetsk is the region where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down on July 17, killing nearly 300 people. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30094 at http://wuis.org Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory http://wuis.org/post/vincenzo-nibali-set-tour-de-france-victory It's all over but Sunday's ride down the Champs-Elysees: Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has locked up an unassailable lead in the <a href="http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/">2014 Tour de France</a>.<p>Nibali, 29, is poised to take his first title in cycling's premier event and will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey on the final stage from Evry to Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998.<p>Astana Pro Team and Nibali, <a href="http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/tour-de-france#hPPQAgrdPuXCdtOy.99">Cycling Weekly says</a>, "relinquished the lead to Frenchman Tony Gallopin for j Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30093 at http://wuis.org Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile http://wuis.org/post/north-korea-reportedly-tests-short-range-ballistic-missile North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to The Associated Press, which quotes an unnamed South Korean official.<p>The test is described as beginning with a launch in the country's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday morning and ending when the missile landed off the east coast at the end of a 310-mile flight path.<p>The unnamed official quoted by AP did not specify what type of missile was involved, but its range suggests <a href="http://armscontrolcenter.org/publications/factsheets/fact_sheet_north_korea_nuclear_and_missile_programs/">it coul Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30091 at http://wuis.org North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site http://wuis.org/post/un-second-black-box-found-algerian-airliner-crash-site United Nations experts said they had recovered a second so-called black box at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 that went down in the desert in southern Mali.<p>Reuters says that "initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely."<p>The plane was en route from Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers when it suddenly disappeared from radar.<p>The death toll of 118 — 112 passengers and six crew — includes 54 French c Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30083 at http://wuis.org U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting http://wuis.org/post/us-embassy-compound-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting <em><strong>Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.<p>"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30075 at http://wuis.org U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting Hamas Launches Rockets After Rejecting Gaza Truce Extension http://wuis.org/post/temporary-cease-fire-gaza-appears-be-holding <em><strong>Update at 3:10 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>In a resumption of fighting, Hamas rejected Israel's offer of a four-hour cease-fire extension in Gaza and began lobbing rockets across the border, Israeli officials say.<p>Israeli Defense Forces said that three rockets were fired into Israel's Eshkol regional council within 15 minutes of the end of the original 12-hour cease-fire at 1 p.m. ET (8 p.m. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30070 at http://wuis.org Hamas Launches Rockets After Rejecting Gaza Truce Extension Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://wuis.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30052 at http://wuis.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year http://wuis.org/post/pope-francis-visit-us-next-year Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30024 at http://wuis.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet http://wuis.org/post/indonesias-president-elect-crowdsources-his-cabinet Indonesia's president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader — starting with his Cabinet, which he's asking ordinary people to help him choose.<p>Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was named president on Tuesday following July 9 polls, the results of which were contested by rival Prabowo Subianto. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30022 at http://wuis.org Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage http://wuis.org/post/australia-sending-190-police-secure-mh17-wreckage <em><strong>Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30012 at http://wuis.org Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://wuis.org/post/doj-reaches-agreement-oversight-albuquerque-pd The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.<p>The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.<p>"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29970 at http://wuis.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://wuis.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29962 at http://wuis.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://wuis.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29949 at http://wuis.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School http://wuis.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza <strong><em>Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.<p>Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29939 at http://wuis.org 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://wuis.org/post/us-database-glitch-delays-passport-visa-processing The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.<p>The Associated Press writes:<p><blockquote><p>"Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in 'significant performance issues, including outages' in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29938 at http://wuis.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://wuis.org/post/iraq-elects-kurdish-politician-ceremonial-post-president Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.<p>As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."<p>The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29927 at http://wuis.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://wuis.org/post/rubio-small-government-can-help-fix-economic-inequality <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/">Sen. Marco Rubio</a>, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, is concerned about issues of access to affordable education, availability of job training and prospects for economic mobility. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29676 at http://wuis.org Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://wuis.org/post/45-years-ago-armstrong-took-his-one-small-step Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29657 at http://wuis.org 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict http://wuis.org/post/rj-reynolds-vows-appeal-23-billion-cancer-death-verdict R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, is vowing to fight a verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.<p>Calling the massive award "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law," the tobacco company's CEO, J. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29642 at http://wuis.org R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday http://wuis.org/post/humanitarian-truce-quickly-collapses-gaza-fighting-resumes <strong><em>Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.<p>It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29640 at http://wuis.org At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions http://wuis.org/post/kremlin-blacklists-13-americans-tit-tat-over-us-sanctions <strong><em>Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.<p>NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says <a href="http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/17F7FAE2FCA8AAE644257D1A003F84EF">the new blacklist</a> is in response to U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29622 at http://wuis.org Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site http://wuis.org/post/dutch-premier-decries-utterly-disrespectful-behavior-mh17-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29619 at http://wuis.org Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says http://wuis.org/post/states-raised-minimum-wage-see-faster-job-growth-report-says New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.<p>In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29613 at http://wuis.org States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada http://wuis.org/post/200000-sign-petition-move-sad-bear-better-life-canada <strong><em>Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Social media has dubbed Arturo, a polar bear living in an Argentinian zoo, the "world's saddest animal," and more than 400,000 people have signed an online petition asking that he be moved to a "better life" in Canada.<p>Photos of Arturo, 29, looking distressed and lying flat out on his stomach that have circulated online prompted the petition. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29610 at http://wuis.org 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War http://wuis.org/post/gaza-toll-tops-300-israel-presses-ground-war <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.<p>Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 Palestinians have been killed and 2,556 wounded. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29607 at http://wuis.org Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands http://wuis.org/post/us-citizen-killed-mh17-lived-mainly-netherlands Quinn Schansman, the dual U.S.-Dutch citizen killed on Malaysia Airlines MH17, was reportedly planning to join his family in Kuala Lumpur for vacation when the plane he was on was shot down over eastern Ukraine.<p><em>USA Today</em> says: "Photos on social-media accounts show a fun-loving college student who enjoyed hanging out with friends, had a girlfriend and liked to relax with a beer or a smoke, especially after exams. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29573 at http://wuis.org U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://wuis.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-overturning-oklahoma-same-sex-marriage-ban A U.S. appeals court in Denver has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay-marriage ban.<p>A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Friday, saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29542 at http://wuis.org Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court http://wuis.org/post/berlusconi-underage-sex-conviction-overturned-italian-court An appeals court in Italy has overturned the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/24/195185941/silvio-berlusconi-found-guilty-in-sex-for-hire-case">conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi</a> on charges that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then abused his power to cover up the crime.<p>The Milan court unexpectedly threw out last year's verdict against the billionaire politician, who was sentenced to seven years in prison. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29528 at http://wuis.org Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths http://wuis.org/post/ceo-ignition-switch-maker-says-no-responsibility-gm-deaths The CEO of the manufacturer of the ignition switches that ended up in recalled General Motors cars said his company bears no responsibility for deaths resulting from the part, which was redesigned according to GM specifications.<p>"We had a product that we worked with General Motors to develop," Delphi Automotive's Rodney O'Neal told a Senate subcommittee looking into the ignition switch failure that caused at least 13 deaths among drivers and passengers in GM cars.<p>GM had asked that the torque in the switch be reduced, and Delphi redesigned the switch to comply, O'Neal said. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29472 at http://wuis.org CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions http://wuis.org/post/australia-repeals-unpopular-tax-carbon-emissions Australia became the first country in the world to repeal a carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters, as Prime Minister Tony Abbott made good on a campaign promise to get rid of the unpopular law.<p>The Senate voted 39 to 32 to eliminate the tax enacted by the previous center-left government two years ago. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 29461 at http://wuis.org Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions