Mark Memmott http://www.kplu.org en Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://www.kplu.org/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:35:32 +0000 Mark Memmott 16100 at http://www.kplu.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://www.kplu.org/post/weekly-jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday</a>.<p>The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before the economy slipped into its latest recession. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:10 +0000 Mark Memmott 16098 at http://www.kplu.org Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://www.kplu.org/post/fate-girls-abducted-nigeria-now-uncertain This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.<p>"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in a statement. <p>"There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately," it said. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:07 +0000 Mark Memmott 16097 at http://www.kplu.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://www.kplu.org/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:48 +0000 Mark Memmott 16093 at http://www.kplu.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://www.kplu.org/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean coast guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:46 +0000 Mark Memmott 16094 at http://www.kplu.org No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://www.kplu.org/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:30:45 +0000 Mark Memmott 16090 at http://www.kplu.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://www.kplu.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:53:18 +0000 Mark Memmott 16067 at http://www.kplu.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident http://www.kplu.org/post/43-year-old-cold-case-closed-south-dakota-girls-died-accident Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.<p>Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the evidence would appear to indicate an accident," South Dakota Attorney Gen. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:56:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 16062 at http://www.kplu.org 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' http://www.kplu.org/post/did-you-see-it-if-not-heres-blood-moon There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-crowds-20140414,0,664365.story#axzz2yriYmIs4" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> adds</a>, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."<p>The vi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 16040 at http://www.kplu.org Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center http://www.kplu.org/post/berlusconi-ordered-do-community-service-senior-center Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/01/207949307/italys-high-court-affirms-berlusconis-tax-fraud-conviction" target="_blank">Berlusconi was convicted</a> "for masterminding a complex tax fraud at his TV network." While Berlusconi was given a four-year prison sentence, that was later commuted to one- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:52:25 +0000 Mark Memmott 16038 at http://www.kplu.org Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling http://www.kplu.org/post/idiot-gun-leaves-families-kansas-reeling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUpXMhnamvo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gwkSqr5mOg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H20HZQEkW_k</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:51:17 +0000 Mark Memmott 16036 at http://www.kplu.org An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://www.kplu.org/post/think-you-can-mail-your-taxes-midnight-think-again-gramps One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.<p>Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:39:27 +0000 Mark Memmott 16032 at http://www.kplu.org Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea http://www.kplu.org/post/russian-attack-aircraft-buzzes-us-warship-black-sea The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.<p>According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.<p>The Russian aircraft did not appear to be carrying bombs or missiles. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:32:32 +0000 Mark Memmott 16005 at http://www.kplu.org Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow http://www.kplu.org/post/ukraine-pro-russia-occupiers-defy-deadline-war-fears-grow "A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302857262/kiev-deadline-for-disarming-in-east-ukraine-passes" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, reminds our Newscast Desk that Ukraine's government has promised it will use force, if necessary, in a bid to regain control. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:28:04 +0000 Mark Memmott 16004 at http://www.kplu.org In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed http://www.kplu.org/post/search-jet-goes-underwater-oil-slick-also-being-analyzed On Day 38, the latest developments in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.<p><strong>-- Search Goes Below.</strong> "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/search-for-mh370-underwater-vehicle-bluefin21-deployed-to-find-planes-wreckage-20140414-36n2k.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>)<p>"Searchers are about to send Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:25:35 +0000 Mark Memmott 16001 at http://www.kplu.org Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed