Scott Neuman http://www.kplu.org en Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://www.kplu.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 17:12:12 +0000 Scott Neuman 17861 at http://www.kplu.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada Wreckage Of Air Algerie Flight With 116 Aboard Found In Mali http://www.kplu.org/post/air-algerie-jet-likely-crashed-mali-116-aboard <em><strong>Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Air Algerie MD-83 en route from the capital of Burkina Faso to Algiers with 116 passengers and crew aboard has been found with no survivors.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, reporting for our Newscast team, that a presidential aide in neighboring Burkina Faso says the remains of the missing aircraft have been found just across the border in Mali, in an isolated area about 60 miles south of the town of Gao.<p>Gen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:30:23 +0000 Scott Neuman 17862 at http://www.kplu.org Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions http://www.kplu.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 17:40:38 +0000 Scott Neuman 17778 at http://www.kplu.org Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths http://www.kplu.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 16:40:30 +0000 Scott Neuman 17771 at http://www.kplu.org CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad http://www.kplu.org/post/singapore-anti-gambling-council-loses-big-world-cup-ad <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1bs9luXZP4</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:44:57 +0000 Scott Neuman 17672 at http://www.kplu.org Singapore Anti-Gambling Council Loses Big On World Cup Ad 4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas http://www.kplu.org/post/4-children-2-adults-killed-apparent-domestic-dispute-texas <strong>This post was updated at 11:10 a.m. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 17665 at http://www.kplu.org WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea http://www.kplu.org/post/watch-hurricane-arthur-30-miles-out-sea Although Hurricane Arthur appears to have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/05/328802686/arthur-disrupts-july-4th-festivities-but-does-little-damage#commentBlock">spared the U.S. East Coast any major damage</a>, 100 mph winds are nothing to take lightly, especially 30 miles out to sea along the infamous Frying Pan Shoals south of Cape Hatteras.<p>Take a look at the video above of Arthur as it passed on Thursday over Frying Pan Tower, a one-time U.S. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 18:14:50 +0000 Scott Neuman 17584 at http://www.kplu.org WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists http://www.kplu.org/post/woman-charged-denver-seeking-aid-islamic-extremists A 19-year-old Denver-area woman has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization after she was arrested in April boarding a flight that would ultimately land her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad, according to newly unsealed court documents.<p>According to the FBI, Shannon Maureen Conley told FBI agents that "she wanted to use her American military training from the <a href="http://www.armyexplorers.us/">U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:58:31 +0000 Scott Neuman 17564 at http://www.kplu.org GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected http://www.kplu.org/post/gm-stops-selling-late-model-chevy-cruzes-recall-expected General Motors has issued an order to stop selling 2013 and 2014 model years of the Chevrolet Cruze compact car because of air bags that might not inflate properly. The automaker has identified 33,000 vehicles, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, with the potential problem and is expected to recall those already sold.<p>"Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver's air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part," GM spokesman Jim Cain said in a statement. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:39:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 17435 at http://www.kplu.org GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says http://www.kplu.org/post/higher-pot-use-us-report-says Marijuana use in the United States has gone up as the public perception of the drug's risk has gone down, according to a new United Nations report. The potency of the drug has also increased,<p>The <a href="http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr2014/World_Drug_Report_2014_web.pdf">World Drug Report 2014</a>, put out by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, says that worldwide, the use of marijuana has decreased. "However, in the United States, the lower perceived risk of cannabis use has led to an increase in its use," the report states. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:54:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 17427 at http://www.kplu.org Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-asks-500-million-train-equip-syrian-rebels President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.<p>If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.<p>The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:53:40 +0000 Scott Neuman 17426 at http://www.kplu.org Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels Beijing Blasts U.S. Plan To Name Road By Embassy After Dissident http://www.kplu.org/post/china-plan-name-us-embassy-road-after-dissident-sheer-farce Beijing is fuming over a provision slipped into a State Department budget to change the name of the street fronting the Chinese Embassy in Washington to "Liu Xiaobo Plaza," in honor of the jailed dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.<p>The amendment, proposed by <a href="http://wolf.house.gov/">Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf</a>, would change the name of the street currently known as International Place. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:06:31 +0000 Scott Neuman 17393 at http://www.kplu.org Beijing Blasts U.S. Plan To Name Road By Embassy After Dissident Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-judges-reverse-gay-marriage-bans-utah-indiana <strong>This post updated at 4:00 p.m. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:42:46 +0000 Scott Neuman 17389 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement http://www.kplu.org/post/report-points-dangerous-militarization-us-law-enforcement U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:30:10 +0000 Scott Neuman 17366 at http://www.kplu.org Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash http://www.kplu.org/post/ntsb-too-much-technology-too-little-training-caused-asiana-crash Pilot misjudgment and an over-reliance on automated systems were the main causes of last year's crash of Asiana Flight 214 in San Francisco that killed three people, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded Tuesday.<p>The Boeing 777 with 307 people aboard came in too low and too slow in its landing approach, the NTSB said. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:27:36 +0000 Scott Neuman 17360 at http://www.kplu.org NTSB: Too Much Technology, Too Little Training Caused Asiana Crash