Scott Neuman http://kasu.org en DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://kasu.org/post/doj-reaches-agreement-oversight-albuquerque-pd The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.<p>The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.<p>"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47446 at http://kasu.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://kasu.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47431 at http://kasu.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://kasu.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 47430 at http://kasu.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://kasu.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 47426 at http://kasu.org 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School http://kasu.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza <strong><em>Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, 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 U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47423 at http://kasu.org 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://kasu.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 Irbil 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 47420 at http://kasu.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://kasu.org/post/rubio-small-government-can-help-fix-economic-inequality <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/">Sen. Marco Rubio</a>, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, is concerned about issues of access to affordable education, availability of job training and prospects for economic mobility. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47241 at http://kasu.org Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://kasu.org/post/45-years-ago-armstrong-took-his-one-small-step Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47234 at http://kasu.org 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict http://kasu.org/post/rj-reynolds-vows-appeal-23-billion-cancer-death-verdict R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, is vowing to fight a verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.<p>Calling the massive award "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law," the tobacco company's CEO, J. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47224 at http://kasu.org R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday http://kasu.org/post/humanitarian-truce-quickly-collapses-gaza-fighting-resumes <strong><em>Updated at 10:30 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A spokesman for Hamas claimed Sunday that the group has captured an Israeli soldier. Reuters quotes Israel's ambassador to the U.N., Ron Prosor, as saying that no Israeli soldier has been kidnapped.<p>It's the latest development in a bloody day of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47220 at http://kasu.org At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 http://kasu.org/post/pressure-grows-putin-secure-access-ukraine-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>In the most emphatic U.S. statement to date on culpability for the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine that killed 298 people, Secretary of State John Kerry says evidence overwhelmingly points to Russian-backed separatists.<p>In an interview with CNN, he says that U.S. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47219 at http://kasu.org Kerry: Evidence Points Clearly To Rebels Shooting Down MH17 Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions http://kasu.org/post/kremlin-blacklists-13-americans-tit-tat-over-us-sanctions <strong><em>Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.<p>NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says <a href="http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/17F7FAE2FCA8AAE644257D1A003F84EF">the new blacklist</a> is in response to U.S. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47211 at http://kasu.org Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site http://kasu.org/post/dutch-premier-decries-utterly-disrespectful-behavior-mh17-crash-site <strong><em>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47210 at http://kasu.org Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says http://kasu.org/post/states-raised-minimum-wage-see-faster-job-growth-report-says New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.<p>In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47209 at http://kasu.org States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada http://kasu.org/post/200000-sign-petition-move-sad-bear-better-life-canada <strong><em>Updated at 1:20 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Social media has dubbed Arturo, a polar bear living in an Argentinian zoo, the "world's saddest animal," and more than 400,000 people have signed an online petition asking that he be moved to a "better life" in Canada.<p>Photos of Arturo, 29, looking distressed and lying flat out on his stomach that have circulated online prompted the petition. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47200 at http://kasu.org 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War http://kasu.org/post/gaza-toll-tops-300-israel-presses-ground-war <strong><em>Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>Nearly 340 people have been killed and nearly 2,400 wounded in 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands have been displaced in the conflict, according to health officials in the Palestinian territory.<p>Ashraf al-Kidra, a Gazan health official, says 338 Palestinians have been killed and 2,556 wounded. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47189 at http://kasu.org Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands http://kasu.org/post/us-citizen-killed-mh17-lived-mainly-netherlands Quinn Schansman, the dual U.S.-Dutch citizen killed on Malaysia Airlines MH17, was reportedly planning to join his family in Kuala Lumpur for vacation when the plane he was on was shot down over eastern Ukraine.<p><em>USA Today</em> says: "Photos on social-media accounts show a fun-loving college student who enjoyed hanging out with friends, had a girlfriend and liked to relax with a beer or a smoke, especially after exams. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47176 at http://kasu.org U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://kasu.org/post/appeals-court-upholds-overturning-oklahoma-same-sex-marriage-ban A U.S. appeals court in Denver has upheld a lower court ruling that struck down Oklahoma's gay-marriage ban.<p>A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling on Friday, saying Oklahoma's voter-approved ban violates the U.S. Constitution. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47158 at http://kasu.org Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court http://kasu.org/post/berlusconi-underage-sex-conviction-overturned-italian-court An appeals court in Italy has overturned the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/24/195185941/silvio-berlusconi-found-guilty-in-sex-for-hire-case">conviction of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi</a> on charges that he paid for sex with an underage prostitute and then abused his power to cover up the crime.<p>The Milan court unexpectedly threw out last year's verdict against the billionaire politician, who was sentenced to seven years in prison. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47153 at http://kasu.org Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths http://kasu.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 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47106 at http://kasu.org CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions http://kasu.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 14:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47100 at http://kasu.org Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes http://kasu.org/post/ukraine-says-russia-shot-down-one-its-warplanes <strong>This post updated at 10:15 a.m. ET.</strong><p>A Ukrainian government spokesman says one of its warplanes was shot down in the country's east by a Russian air force jet, as the U.S. and Europe stepped up sanctions on Moscow over its support of separatist rebels.<p>Ukraine says a ground-attack <a href="http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/russia/su-25.htm">Su-25</a> was downed by an air-to-air missile Wednesday evening over the eastern region of Luhansk. The pilot reportedly safely ejected before the plane crashed. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 47098 at http://kasu.org Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles http://kasu.org/post/pope-reportedly-says-1-50-clergy-are-pedophiles Calling the church sex abuse scandal a "leprosy in our house," Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that 1 in 50 Catholic clerics are pedophiles.<p>In an interview with Eugenio Scalfari<em>, </em>the 90-year-old founder of<em> <em>La Repubblica</em></em>, Francis is quoted as saying that advisers in the Church "reassure me" that the problem amounts to "about 2 percent."<p>"This data should hearten me but I have to tell you that it does not hearten me at all. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 46910 at http://kasu.org Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm http://kasu.org/post/watch-russian-beachgoers-caught-surprise-hailstorm Bathers at a beach in Novosibirsk, central Russia, went from a stifling 105F to 71F in a matter of seconds as a cold front swept over them, dropping what is described as golf-ball sized hail.<p>The freak storm was captured on video (above).<p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/10964493/Freak-hail-storm-hits-beach-goers.html"><em>The Telegraph</em> says:</a><p><blockquote><p>"Some people can be seen screaming and running for the cover of beach umbrellas as the hail storm intensifies, while some chose to stay in the water and one brave person sheltered under their beach towel.<p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:16:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 46906 at http://kasu.org WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission http://kasu.org/post/antares-ready-blast-iss-supply-mission <strong>This post was updated at 2:05 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Private space venture <a href="https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences">Orbital Sciences Corp.</a> launched its second resupply mission to the International Space Station in <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/structure/launch/orbital.html#.U8LKcEAmWYk">a perfect launch from at Wallops Island, Va, after several delays.</a><p>The Antares rocket, carrying an unmanned Cygnus resupply capsule packed with 3,293 lbs. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 46905 at http://kasu.org Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission