WEMU http://wemu.org en Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://wemu.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 49298 at http://wemu.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail http://wemu.org/post/syrian-president-issues-new-stamps-cant-deliver-mail As the Middle East froths with blood — from Iraq to Syria to the Gaza Strip — a commemorative set of three stamps depicting Syrian President Bashar Assad may not seem hugely relevant.<p>But these pieces of paper tell us much about the power struggles behind the slaughter in Syria. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:55:00 +0000 Alice Fordham 49299 at http://wemu.org Syrian President Issues New Stamps, But Can't Deliver The Mail Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-gauging-affordable-housing-need <p>Washtenaw County wants to get a better idea of how great the need is locally for affordable housing, and has launched an online needs assessment to help make that determination.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Paul Montagno is the Sustainable Communities Coordinator for Washtenaw County's Office of Community and Economic Development.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 49297 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Gauging Affordable Housing Need When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients http://wemu.org/post/when-federal-privacy-laws-protect-hospitals-instead-patients <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGqINIwOArg</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:46:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 49293 at http://wemu.org When Federal Privacy Laws Protect Hospitals Instead Of Patients Ukraine's Prime Minister Quits After Allies Withdraw From Coalition http://wemu.org/post/ukraines-prime-minister-quits-after-allies-withdraw-coalition <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/126978660/ukraine" target="_blank">Ukraine</a>'s prime minister announced today that he is resigning after two parties said they were withdrawing from the ruling coalition.<p>"I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said, adding Parliament could no longer do its work.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/07/24/ukraine-prime-minister-resign/13091533/" target="_blank">The Associated Press adds</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"The nationalist Svoboda party and the Udar party led by f Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:42:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 49294 at http://wemu.org Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria http://wemu.org/post/globe-trotting-virus-hides-inside-peoples-gut-bacteria <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:32:00 +0000 editor 49295 at http://wemu.org Globe-Trotting Virus Hides Inside People's Gut Bacteria European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case http://wemu.org/post/european-court-rules-against-poland-cia-black-sites-case The European Court of Human Rights <a href="http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng-press/pages/search.aspx?i=003-4832205-5894802">ruled today</a> that Poland broke the European human rights convention by allowing the CIA to imprison and torture two terrorism suspects in secret prisons on its soil.<p>"The Court found that Poland had cooperated in the preparation and execution of the CIA rendition, secret detention and interrogation operations on its territory and it ought to have known that by enabling the CIA to detain the applicants on its territory, it was exposing them to a serious risk of tre Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:08:00 +0000 Krishnadev Calamur 49289 at http://wemu.org European Court Rules Against Poland In CIA 'Black Sites' Case U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://wemu.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 49290 at http://wemu.org U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado http://wemu.org/post/shades-middle-ages-plague-popped-china-and-colorado The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.<p>This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.<p>The Colorado residents <a href="http://www.cpr.org/node/115543">were diagnosed</a> after coming into contact with an infected dog.<p>According to Chinese officials, <a href="http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1557217/china-seals-entire-city-gansu-after-resident-dies-bubonic-plague">parts of a city</a> in northern China were quarantined for nine days, and 151 people were put under close observation, after a man died of the disease last We Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:47:00 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 49291 at http://wemu.org Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza http://wemu.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza <strong><em>Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza has been hit by Israeli tank artillery, 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 UN Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 49292 at http://wemu.org Israeli Artillery Hits U.N.-Run School In Gaza Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://wemu.org/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> that Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 49287 at http://wemu.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://wemu.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 Erbil 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 49288 at http://wemu.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More http://wemu.org/post/cinema-chat-most-wanted-man-hercules-and-so-it-goes-sing-long-wizard-oz-and-more <p><strong><em>Movie Openings, Hollywood News And Cinema-Focused Conversation &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></strong></p><p></p><p><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Opening Downtown</span></strong></em></p><p></p><p>In <em><strong>“A Most Wanted Man”</strong></em> a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg’s Islamic community, laying claim to his father’s ill-gotten fortune, forcing both German and US security agencies to take close interest.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:23:19 +0000 David Fair 49286 at http://wemu.org Cinema Chat: 'A Most Wanted Man', 'Hercules', 'And So It Goes', 'Sing-A-Long Wizard Of Oz' And More A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse http://wemu.org/post/simple-way-reduce-stroke-risk-take-your-pulse An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.<p>Doctors test for <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/atrialfibrillation.html">atrial fibrillation</a> by hooking people up to an <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ekg/">electrocardiogram</a> machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 editor 49285 at http://wemu.org A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know http://wemu.org/post/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-know <em><strong>Updated at 1:40 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.<p>If you remember, the FAA <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday</a>, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.<p>"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 editor 49279 at http://wemu.org Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans http://wemu.org/post/military-dogs-advocates-say-canines-arent-pets-theyre-vets It's dog days on Capitol Hill — or, more precisely, dogs have had their day there.<p>Five in particular — all war dog veterans. The canines joined their human advocates at a Capitol Hill briefing Wednesday, Military Dogs Take The Hill, to spotlight an effort to require that all military working dogs be retired in the U.S.<p>Congress passed a law last year saying the military <em>may</em> bring back its working dogs to the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 David Welna 49284 at http://wemu.org Advocates Say Military Dogs Aren't Pets — They're Veterans With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan http://wemu.org/post/new-safety-measures-nuclear-reactors-may-reopen-japan <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+New+Safety+Measures%2C+Nuclear+Reactors+May+Reopen+In+Japan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 editor 49283 at http://wemu.org New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://wemu.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49282 at http://wemu.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants http://wemu.org/post/iowa-mayor-calls-caring-cities-take-young-immigrants Thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have been crossing the southern border of the U.S. over the past few months.<p>That's led to protests and debates — not only in the Southwest but across the country, as children have been given shelter in cities and towns that are sometimes quite far from the border.<p>In Iowa — a state with a history of providing a safe place for refugees — the question of these undocumented minors has caused a stark divide. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 49281 at http://wemu.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense http://wemu.org/post/detroit-porch-shooting-trial-its-murder-vs-self-defense <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Detroit+Porch+Shooting+Trial%2C+It%27s+Murder+Vs.+Self-Defense&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 49280 at http://wemu.org Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo http://wemu.org/post/syrian-babies-born-refugees-face-future-limbo Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.<p>The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:08:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 49276 at http://wemu.org Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo Air Algerie: Jet Likely Crashed In Mali With 116 Aboard http://wemu.org/post/authorities-lose-contact-air-algerie-aircraft <em><strong>Updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Air Algerie says an MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has likely crashed in Mali.<p>The airline said the plane likely went down in Tilemsi, Mali, about 70 miles from Gao. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 editor 49275 at http://wemu.org Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55' http://wemu.org/post/sarah-palin-gets-speeding-ticket-says-she-cant-drive-55 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sarah+Palin+Gets+A+Speeding+Ticket%2C+Says+She+%27Can%27t+Drive+55%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjMxOTIyMDEzMTcxNjAzMzFmMjBhZQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 49278 at http://wemu.org Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up' http://wemu.org/post/judge-bulldog-thief-you-hid-pup-jig-was <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Judge+To+Bulldog+Thief%3A+%27You+Hid+The+Pup%3B+The+Jig+Was+Up%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 49277 at http://wemu.org As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://wemu.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 49274 at http://wemu.org