Scott Neuman http://wgcu.org en Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says http://wgcu.org/post/radioactive-leak-us-waste-dump-was-preventable-report-says A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.<p>NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9673 at http://wgcu.org Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine http://wgcu.org/post/american-journalist-freed-kidnappers-eastern-ukraine Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist who was reportedly seized by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine earlier this week, has been released, <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/simon-ostrovsky-has-been-released?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">according to his employer</a>.<p>"VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health," the website reports on Thursday.<p>"We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9650 at http://wgcu.org American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History http://wgcu.org/post/long-lost-wreck-san-francisco-recalls-anti-chinese-history Rewind to the year 1888: The 202-foot SS City of Chester, departing San Francisco harbor in thick fog, is nearly cut in two by the much larger liner Oceanic, arriving from Hong Kong. Within six minutes, the smaller ship disappears under the turbulent current near the site of the present-day Golden Gate Bridge, claiming 16 lives.<p>Now, fast-forward to Wednesday: <a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140423_cityofchester_shipwreck.html">NOAA says</a> it's found the wreck of the City of Chester, which still ranks among San Francisco's worst maritime disasters. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9648 at http://wgcu.org Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change http://wgcu.org/post/obama-japans-administration-disputed-islands-shouldnt-change President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. believes Japan's administration of a contested island chain should not change "unilaterally," as he assured Tokyo that a U.S. security treaty "covers all territories administered by Japan."<p>Obama, on the first stop in a weeklong swing through the Asia-Pacific region, spoke alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9647 at http://wgcu.org Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://wgcu.org/post/belieb-it-or-not-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9630 at http://wgcu.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches http://wgcu.org/post/georgia-law-oks-guns-schools-churches Georgians will now be able to carry firearms in such places as schools, bars, churches and government buildings under a sweeping new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.<p>The <a href="http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/60">Safe Carry Protection Act</a>, also known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said it will allow "people who follow the rules [to] protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules.<p>"The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9613 at http://wgcu.org Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' http://wgcu.org/post/judge-oks-wikileaker-mannings-name-change-chelsea The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.<p>A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the name-change request by the soldier formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, who is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/21/214100452/bradley-manning-to-find-out-his-fate">serving 35 years in prison</a> at Fort Leavenworth for giving secret documents to WikiLeaks. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9611 at http://wgcu.org Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment http://wgcu.org/post/obama-assures-japan-us-security-commitment President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9603 at http://wgcu.org Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents http://wgcu.org/post/american-journalist-kidnapped-ukraines-pro-russia-insurgents An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.<p>Simon Ostrovsky, working for <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/vice-news-statement-on-simon-ostrovsky?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">Vice News</a>, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.<p>Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the insurgents, confirmed Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held at the local branch of the Ukrainian security service, seized more than a week ago, according to The Associa Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9606 at http://wgcu.org American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://wgcu.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9583 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death http://wgcu.org/post/soldier-speaks-decade-after-pat-tillmans-friendly-fire-death Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305960157/ex-ranger-recalls-the-friendly-fire-that-killed-pat-tillman">Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered</a> that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9581 at http://wgcu.org Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka http://wgcu.org/post/tattoo-buddha-gets-british-tourist-thrown-out-sri-lanka The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on her arm. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9564 at http://wgcu.org Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book http://wgcu.org/post/louisiana-lawmaker-pulls-bill-make-bible-states-official-book The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303757067/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book">we reported last week</a>, a mix of Republicans and Democrats had moved the largely symbolic bill, sponsored by Rep. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9562 at http://wgcu.org Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://wgcu.org/post/supreme-court-affirms-ban-race-conscious-college-admissions The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.<p>In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">the justices</a> said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote the majority decision</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9558 at http://wgcu.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Defendant In Utah Courtroom http://wgcu.org/post/us-marshal-fatally-shoots-defendant-utah-courtroom An alleged gang member appearing in court in Utah was shot dead by a U.S. marshal on Monday after he reportedly lunged at a witness.<p><a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601474/Gang-member-shot-after-lunging-at-court-witness-dies-from-gunshot-wounds.html">Deseret News</a> says 25-year-old Siale Angilau, aka "C-Down," was on trial in federal court in Salt Lake City when the fatal shooting took place.<p>"During the trial this morning, the defendant went after, engaged the witness stand, and when he engaged the witness at the witness stand, he was shot by the U.S. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9545 at http://wgcu.org U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Defendant In Utah Courtroom Oso, Wash., Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 41; 4 Still Missing http://wgcu.org/post/oso-wash-mudslide-death-toll-rises-41-4-still-missing Authorities announced Monday that the death toll from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., had risen to 41. Four people are still listed as missing.<p>Tuesday marks one month since the devastating landslide that caught the small community in the Cascade foothills by surprise. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed, setting in motion a massive flow of mud and debris.<p>The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says 41 have been confirmed dead, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/18/304583469/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-to-mudslide-victims">up from 39 last week</a>. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9534 at http://wgcu.org U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan http://wgcu.org/post/un-reports-hundreds-killed-ethnic-violence-south-sudan The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says that "<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27102643">targeted killings of civilians</a>" based on ethnicity were carried out in the war-torn country after rebels last week seized the city of Bentiu.<p><a href="http://www.unmiss.unmissions.org/Portals/unmiss/%20Press%20Releases/April%202014/21%20April%202014%20Press%20Release_final.pdf">In a statement on Monday</a>, UNMISS said its human rights investigators had confirmed the killings occurred April 15 and 16 after rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army took control of the oil hub.<p Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9532 at http://wgcu.org U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support http://wgcu.org/post/biden-visits-ukraine-offer-energy-economic-aid The situation in eastern Ukraine remains on edge Monday, following a weekend of violence that reportedly left up to five pro-Russian separatists dead at the hands of Ukraine nationalists. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:36:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9520 at http://wgcu.org Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims http://wgcu.org/post/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-mudslide-victims Rescue workers still searching for bodies from the March 22 landslide that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303735775/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-to-39">killed at least 39 people near the town of Oso</a>, Washington, erected a simple, but moving memorial to the victims of the tragedy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9455 at http://wgcu.org Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wgcu.org/post/japan-says-it-will-temporarily-scale-back-whale-hunt Japan says it will kill fewer whales when its seasonal Pacific hunt begins next week and will only observe whales in the Antarctic, after a U.N. court ordered it to stop taking the marine mammals from the Southern Ocean.<p>Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said the Pacific catch target would be lowered to about 210 from the current 380. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 9446 at http://wgcu.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt