Scott Neuman http://wemu.org en Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount http://wemu.org/post/afghan-presidential-candidates-agree-full-recount Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.<p>The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.<p>Kerry said it would be the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the ballots possible. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48697 at http://wemu.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash http://wemu.org/post/tracy-morgan-sues-wal-mart-over-truck-limousine-crash Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/07/319717577/actor-tracy-morgan-injured-in-a-car-accident-in-new-jersey">his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck</a> going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence.<p>The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48696 at http://wemu.org Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares http://wemu.org/post/cdc-closes-two-labs-after-anthrax-flu-scares Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.<p>The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/20/324077444/cdc-says-more-workers-potentially-exposed-to-live-anthrax">possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48695 at http://wemu.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad http://wemu.org/post/iraq-airlifting-volunteer-reinforcements-ramadi <strong>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.<p>The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."<p>"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs," an unidentified police officer told Reuters. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48694 at http://wemu.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples http://wemu.org/post/utah-seeks-block-benefits-married-same-sex-couples Utah's attorney general says he will appeal to the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48691 at http://wemu.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://wemu.org/post/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-ramones-dies-62 Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/04/03/135087738/the-ramones-live-26-songs-in-54-minutes">The Ramones</a>, has died. He was 65.<p>An announcement on the band's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theramones?fref=ts">Facebook page</a> said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48685 at http://wemu.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza http://wemu.org/post/death-toll-rises-120-israeli-airstrikes-gaza <strong>This post updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.<p>Hamas issued a warning that it would target Tel Aviv at 9 p.m. Saturday night and rockets were fired from Gaza right about that time, NPR's Emily Harris says. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48677 at http://wemu.org Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 http://wemu.org/post/newspaper-editor-activist-john-seigenthaler-dies-86 John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited <em>The Tennessean,</em> was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of <em>USA Today</em> and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.<p>A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.<p>NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/125 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48665 at http://wemu.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School http://wemu.org/post/watch-giant-undulating-anchovy-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvxIdkhsoqU</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48648 at http://wemu.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll http://wemu.org/post/kerry-pushes-audit-disputed-afghan-presidential-poll <strong>This post updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.<p>"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48636 at http://wemu.org Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers http://wemu.org/post/elephant-featured-film-alexander-killed-thai-poachers Poachers in Thailand killed a 50-year-old elephant who appeared in Oliver Stone's 2004 film <em>Alexander</em> before crudely hacking off the animal's giant tusks, according to <a href="http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/420052/famous-elephant-slain-killers-ivory-thieves-hunted"><em>The Bangkok Post.</em></a><p>The Asian elephant, named <a href="http://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=7146">Phlai Khlao</a>, was used in scenes from the movie starring Colin Farrell and Angelina Jolie. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48634 at http://wemu.org Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S. http://wemu.org/post/germany-calls-honest-foundation-relations-us Germany's foreign minister said his government's decision to ask the CIA station chief in Berlin to leave was inevitable given recent allegations of spying, but he said he wants to renew the friendship between the two countries based on an "honest foundation."<p>Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters in Berlin on Friday that the decision to expel the U.S. intelligence official "is the right decision, a necessary step and a fitting reaction to the break of trust which has occurred."<p>"Taking action was unavoidable, in my opinion. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48631 at http://wemu.org Germany Calls For 'Honest Foundation' In Relations With U.S. Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' http://wemu.org/post/clerical-error-puts-church-new-yorks-george-carlin-way The <a href="http://www.corpus-christi-nyc.org/">Corpus Christi Church</a> in Manhattan, where iconoclastic comedian George Carlin once attended school and which he later ridiculed in some of his monologues, has a new street address: George Carlin Way.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/nyregion/an-error-puts-a-church-on-george-carlin-way.html"><em>The New York Times</em></a> calls what's being described as a clerical error "an irony of Carlinesque proportions." The church fought a street named after the comedian since the idea was proposed three years ago.<p>Even so, city officials Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48610 at http://wemu.org Clerical Error Puts Church On New York's 'George Carlin Way' No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase http://wemu.org/post/no-charges-police-who-killed-woman-after-dc-chase The Justice Department has decided not to bring criminal charges against two police who shot and killed a woman after a wild car chase from the White House to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol last fall.<p>The woman, 34-year-old Miriam Carey of Stanford, Conn., <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/03/228884405/u-s-capitol-on-edge-after-reports-of-gun-shots">struck a security officer with her car</a> near the White House on Oct. 3 before driving off at high speed. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48595 at http://wemu.org No Charges For Police Who Killed Woman After D.C. Chase Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92 http://wemu.org/post/eileen-ford-creator-supermodel-dies-92 Eileen Ford, who is credited with inventing the modern modeling business and in the process launching the careers of supermodels such as Lauren Hutton, Christie Brinkley and Naomi Campbell, has died at 92.<p>A spokeswoman who handles public relations for Ford Models confirmed Wednesday's death, which follows a fall Ford took last week at her New York apartment.<p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-10/eileen-ford-agent-who-promoted-world-s-supermodels-dies-at-92.html">Bloomberg says</a>: "For more than six decades, Ford represented the world's most prominent models and raised the pr Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48588 at http://wemu.org Eileen Ford, Creator Of The Supermodel, Dies At 92 Jeans 'Designed' By Lions And Tigers To Benefit Japanese Zoo http://wemu.org/post/jeans-designed-lions-and-tigers-benefit-japanese-zoo At long last, the ultimate in that "distressed look" for jeans.<p>To help support the Kamine Zoo in <a href="http://hyotan-hitachi.world.coocan.jp/06sightseeing/1009kaminepark/kaminepark.html">Hitachi City, Japan</a>, the Mineko Club of volunteer zoo boosters is holding an auction of three pairs of one-of-a-kind bluejeans designed by lions and tigers and, yes, bears too.<p>According to an English-language translation on the group's website, "Zoo Jeans are the only jeans on earth designed by dangerous animals."<p><blockquote><p>"We first take their favourite playthings — old tires and giant rub Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48582 at http://wemu.org Jeans 'Designed' By Lions And Tigers To Benefit Japanese Zoo Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad http://wemu.org/post/singapore-anti-gambling-council-loses-big-world-cup-ad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1bs9luXZP4</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48571 at http://wemu.org Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad Results Of Indonesia's Presidential Election In Limbo http://wemu.org/post/results-limbo-after-indonesias-presidential-election As rival candidates both claim victory in Indonesia's presidential election, police have joined the country's outgoing leader in calling on supporters of the two camps not to celebrate the results until the political limbo is resolved.<p>While unofficial "quick counts," appear to give Jakarta's governor, Joko Widodo, a slim lead, former army Gen. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48566 at http://wemu.org Results Of Indonesia's Presidential Election In Limbo 4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas http://wemu.org/post/man-texas-kills-4-children-2-adults-apparent-domestic-dispute <strong>This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48564 at http://wemu.org California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman http://wemu.org/post/california-highway-patrol-probing-videotaped-beating-woman The California Highway Patrol says it is <a href="http://laist.com/2014/07/05/chp_investigate_officer_caught_on_c.php">investigating a video that shows an officer repeatedly punching a woman</a> after trying to stop her from walking into traffic.<p>As Reuters notes: "The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday."<p>After the officer spotted the barefoot woman walking along the shoulder and stepping into lanes of the 10 Fr Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48373 at http://wemu.org California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title http://wemu.org/post/novak-djokovic-beats-roger-federer-wimbledon-title Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.<p>Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/wimb/2014/07/06/novak-djokovic-roger-federer-wimbledon-final/12265945/">USA Today</a> says:<p><blockquote><p>"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.<p>"In the final set, Federer, who served well all day, had t Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48371 at http://wemu.org Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead http://wemu.org/post/separate-attacks-uganda-kenya-leave-dozens-dead <strong>This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.<p>Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48370 at http://wemu.org Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users' http://wemu.org/post/report-most-nsa-intercepted-data-ordinary-internet-users A <em>Washington Post</em> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-foreigners-who-are/2014/07/05/8139adf8-045a-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html">analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden</a> has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48369 at http://wemu.org Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death http://wemu.org/post/israel-arrests-6-teens-death-holds-victims-us-cousin <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/05/328845212/palestinian-teen-burned-alive-according-to-official">last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir</a>. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48368 at http://wemu.org Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death American Teen Visiting Israel Reportedly Beaten By Police http://wemu.org/post/american-teen-visiting-israel-reportedly-beaten-police The U.S. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 48350 at http://wemu.org