WNPR News http://wnpr.org en Federal Judge Blocks Texas Abortion Restrictions http://wnpr.org/post/federal-judge-blocks-texas-abortion-restrictions Regulations passed in Texas, which affected clinics that perform abortions there, were set to go into effect on Sept. 1. On Friday, a federal judge blocked those regulations, on the grounds that they unconstitutionally restricted access to legal abortion. <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=Federal+Judge+Blocks+Texas+Abortion+Restrictions&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxOTQ5MTI3MDEyMjA5MDI1OTZmMjJkOQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:10:00 +0000 Melissa Block 27770 at http://wnpr.org Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope http://wnpr.org/post/chinese-high-rise-worker-left-dangling-after-annoyed-boy-cuts-rope A worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man's rappelling apparatus.<p>Xinhua says the boy was watching cartoons in his eighth-floor apartment in Guizhou province as the worker was outside installing lighting. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27769 at http://wnpr.org Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case http://wnpr.org/post/justice-department-supports-native-americans-child-welfare-case The Justice Department has weighed in on a class-action lawsuit in South Dakota pitting Native American tribes against state officials, and come down resoundingly in support of tribes.<p>It's the first time the department has intervened in a federal district court case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, a law meant to keep Native American families together. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:48:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 27766 at http://wnpr.org Justice Department Supports Native Americans In Child Welfare Case New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era http://wnpr.org/post/new-orleans-enters-charter-school-era On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and gutted most of its public schools. Even before the storm, the district was one of the most troubled in the nation.<p>Today, the New Orleans school system is unlike any other anywhere in the U.S. More than 9 in 10 students this fall are attending charter schools run by dozens of private, nonprofit organizations. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 27768 at http://wnpr.org New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria http://wnpr.org/post/lawmakers-demand-say-obamas-decisions-syria The White House is working behind the scenes to develop a strategy for fighting the Islamic State in Syria, a strategy that could include airstrikes and other military action there. But there are already lots of questions in political and national security circles about the legal authority the Obama administration might use to justify those actions.<p>In the days after the Sept. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:42:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 27767 at http://wnpr.org Legal Questions Loom As Obama Weighs Military Action In Syria Residents Join Soldiers In Shoring Up Defenses Of Key Ukrainian Port http://wnpr.org/post/residents-join-soldiers-shoring-defenses-key-ukrainian-port <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=Residents+Join+Soldiers+In+Shoring+Up+Defenses+Of+Key+Ukrainian+Port&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjgzNjQ1MDEzMTc5MzUzNzIxNjNmZg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 27765 at http://wnpr.org NFL Commissioner On Controversial Suspension: 'I Didn't Get It Right' http://wnpr.org/post/nfl-commissioner-controversial-suspension-i-didnt-get-it-right <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=NFL+Commissioner+On+Controversial+Suspension%3A+%27I+Didn%27t+Get+It+Right%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1NTU5NzI4MDEyODAxNzA2NDdhODNkZg004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 27764 at http://wnpr.org The Spectacle Of The Beheading: A Grisly Act With A Long History http://wnpr.org/post/spectacle-beheading-grisly-act-long-history <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=The+Spectacle+Of+The+Beheading%3A+A+Grisly+Act+With+A+Long+History&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NDM3NDg0MDEzMjA2NzM4Mzc5ZWJhMQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 27763 at http://wnpr.org 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' http://wnpr.org/post/i-am-not-inmate-i-am-man-and-i-have-potential If you want to know how prison can shape a man, talk to Dan Huff. He's spent more than half of his 59 years locked up. He says he was "raised by the state of California."<p>"Even judges, when they would send me away — looking back at it now — they [were] kind of more like a father figure sitting up there," he says. "Closer to fatherly than any father that I ever had."<p>Those judges had plenty of reason to be concerned about him: Huff used heroin. He committed robberies.<strong> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:29:00 +0000 editor 27762 at http://wnpr.org 'I Am Not An Inmate ... I Am A Man. And I Have Potential' The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This http://wnpr.org/post/co-discoverer-ebola-never-imagined-outbreak As a young scientist in Belgium, Peter Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976.<p>He took his first trip to Africa to investigate this mysterious disease. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, he met people who had contracted it. "I'll never forget the glazed eyes, the staring and the pain ... this type of expression in the eyes ... telling me I'm going to die," says Piot. "That I'll never forget."<p>Piot went on to study AIDS in the 1980s and became founding executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:30:00 +0000 editor 27759 at http://wnpr.org The Co-Discoverer Of Ebola Never Imagined An Outbreak Like This Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years http://wnpr.org/post/holiday-gas-prices-lowest-four-years Some good news heading into the long weekend: Labor Day gas prices are at their lowest level in four years.<p>The <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=17771">U.S. Energy Information Administration</a> says the nationwide average for retail regular was $3.45 per gallon on Aug. 25 — that's the lowest average price for a Monday ahead of Labor Day since 2010, and it's about $0.25 per gallon less than at the end of June this year. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27760 at http://wnpr.org Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care http://wnpr.org/post/study-kids-orphanages-can-do-well-those-foster-care "Please, sir, I want some more," Oliver Twist famously asked in the food line at an orphanage.<p>Instead he got a blow to the head with a ladle.<p>In the real world, conditions at orphanages can be even bleaker. Back in the 1990s, media coverage of <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/08/19/158924764/for-romanias-orphans-adoption-is-still-a-rarity">Romanian orphanages</a> showed dozens of children sitting unclothed in crowded rooms. Most were neglected, and many were suffering from debilitating diseases like polio. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Linda Poon 27756 at http://wnpr.org Study: Kids In Orphanages Can Do As Well As Those In Foster Care Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir http://wnpr.org/post/real-vanilla-isnt-plain-it-depends-dare-we-say-it-terroir Banish the phrase "plain vanilla" from your lexicon.<p>Why? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 April Fulton and Eliza Barclay 27757 at http://wnpr.org Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real http://wnpr.org/post/app-can-reveal-when-withdrawal-tremors-are-real <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmrmFR50RWI</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:00 +0000 editor 27755 at http://wnpr.org An App Can Reveal When Withdrawal Tremors Are Real Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial http://wnpr.org/post/texas-voter-id-law-goes-trial Dozens of lawyers will gather in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday for the start of a new challenge to the state's controversial voter ID law.<p>The trial is expected to last two to three weeks, but it's unlikely to be the end of what's already been a long, convoluted journey for the Texas law — and many others like it.<p>First, some background:<p>Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature passed new photo ID requirements for voters back in 2011. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 27758 at http://wnpr.org Texas Voter ID Law Goes To Trial White House Says "Continuation," Murphy Says "War" http://wnpr.org/post/white-house-says-continuation-murphy-says-war <p>As the conflict between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate, Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy wants to call it what it is: a war.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:05:52 +0000 Tucker Ives 27752 at http://wnpr.org White House Says "Continuation," Murphy Says "War" Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola http://wnpr.org/post/experimental-drug-saves-monkeys-stricken-ebola Scientists are reporting strong evidence that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp may be effective for treating victims of the devastating disease.<p>A <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature13777">study</a> involving 18 rhesus macaque monkeys, published Friday in the journal <em>Nature,</em> found that the drug saved 100 percent of the animals even if they didn't receive the drug until five days after they had been infected. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:38:00 +0000 Rob Stein 27754 at http://wnpr.org Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter http://wnpr.org/post/home-grown-technology-israel-becomes-leading-arms-exporter One byproduct of the recurring battles between Israel and its Arab neighbors is that Israel has developed a homegrown weapons industry that addresses its very specific needs.<p>Over the decades, this has included a number of cutting-edge technologies, from drones to night-vision equipment, which have been widely exported.<p>A more recent example is the Iron Dome, which was used throughout the latest conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Jackie Northam 27753 at http://wnpr.org With Homegrown Technology, Israel Becomes Leading Arms Exporter Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Identified as Pilot in Fatal F-15 Crash http://wnpr.org/post/lt-col-morris-moose-fontenot-identified-pilot-fatal-f-15-crash <p>The Massachusetts Air National Guard has released the name of the pilot who died Wednesday when his F-15 crashed in rural Virginia.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:13:40 +0000 Sam Hudzik 27725 at http://wnpr.org Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Identified as Pilot in Fatal F-15 Crash The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor http://wnpr.org/post/bob-mcdonnell-recap-juiciest-bits-come-out-trial The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/lawyers-in-mcdonnell-case-present-closing-arguments-today/article_9080b796-2ebe-11e4-a6b2-0017a43b2370.html">went into closing arguments</a> today. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:02:00 +0000 editor 27751 at http://wnpr.org The Most Bizarre Bits To Come Out Of The Trial Of Virginia's Ex-Governor Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses http://wnpr.org/post/malaysia-airlines-cuts-third-its-workforce-after-steep-losses For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.<p>The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/business/malaysia-airlines-financial-losses-grow.html?_r=0">reported a loss in the quarter ending June</a> of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27749 at http://wnpr.org Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat http://wnpr.org/post/britain-raises-terror-alert-level-cites-no-specific-threat British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning that the threat to the U.K. from international terrorism is "greater and deeper" than ever before, as London raised its terror warning level in response to what it said were plans by the Islamic State and other extremist groups to attack the West.<p>The U.K. ratcheted up the alert to "severe," which is the second-highest of five levels and indicates the risk of an attack is considered "highly likely." However, it's important to note that authorities have not offered evidence of a specific or immediate plot. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27745 at http://wnpr.org Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla http://wnpr.org/post/peace-corps-stint-madagascar-gave-him-vision-vanilla <strong></strong>Madagascar-grown orchids produce most of the world's vanilla beans, but vanilla extract isn't manufactured in country. Former Peace Corps volunteers-turned-entrepreneurs Tim McCollum and Brett Beach, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based <a href="http://www.madecasse.com/vanilla/">Madécasse</a> brand, aim to change that. They want to produce the world's first "bean to bottle"<strong></strong> extract, made entirely in Madagascar by local people using all-local materials — right down to the packaging. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:28:00 +0000 editor 27748 at http://wnpr.org A Peace Corps Stint In Madagascar Gave Him A Vision Of Vanilla Federal Regulators Rap Faulty Water Pump at Millstone http://wnpr.org/post/federal-regulators-rap-faulty-water-pump-millstone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">F</span>ederal regulators say they could impose more inspections and greater oversight of Connecticut's nuclear power plant due to repeated problems with a critical water pump.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:27:48 +0000 Associated Press 27747 at http://wnpr.org Federal Regulators Rap Faulty Water Pump at Millstone Arthur T. Demoulas Reinstated As CEO Of Market Basket http://wnpr.org/post/arthur-t-demoulas-reinstated-ceo-market-basket Workers spent much of Thursday loading up delivery trucks and getting food back into 71 New England Market Basket stores, following the remarkable conclusion of one of the most amazing stories in American business history.<p>In short, Arthur T. Demoulas is back in. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:22:29 +0000 editor 27746 at http://wnpr.org Arthur T. Demoulas Reinstated As CEO Of Market Basket A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture http://wnpr.org/post/photographer-captures-often-overlooked-aunty-couture "Ugh, she dresses like SUCH an aunty!" is usually not something you'd want to hear about your style, if you're South Asian.<p>An "aunty" or "aunty-ji" (depending on where you want to fall on the graph of respect and familiarity) is what you call a lady roughly around your mother's age. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:19:13 +0000 editor 27744 at http://wnpr.org A Photographer Captures The Often-Overlooked 'Aunty' Couture Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book http://wnpr.org/post/book-news-born-write-bruce-springsteen-publish-childrens-book <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Bruce Springsteen is writing a children's book about a bank-robbing baby called <em>Outlaw Pete</em>, based on his song of the same name. "<em>Outlaw Pete</em> is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins," Springsteen said in a statement. The song "Outlaw Pete" was inspired by the 1950 children's book <em>Brave Cowboy Bill</em>. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:18:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 27743 at http://wnpr.org Book News: Born to Write? Bruce Springsteen To Publish A Children's Book The Nose Walks Out on Its Own Show http://wnpr.org/post/nose-walks-out-its-own-show <p></p><p>What would Aristotle say about knees and seat backs? There's a device you can buy that makes it impossible for the person sitting in front of you on an airplane flight to recline. That's caused <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/upshot/dont-want-me-to-recline-my-airline-seat-you-can-pay-me.html?" target="_blank">at least one fight during a mid-air flight</a> that we know about. Is using this device going too far? Or is the lack of space in the first place the real problem? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:45:54 +0000 Chion Wolf, Betsy Kaplan & Colin McEnroe 27742 at http://wnpr.org The Nose Walks Out on Its Own Show California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill http://wnpr.org/post/california-lawmakers-pass-affirmative-consent-sexual-assault-bill California is one step closer to becoming the first state to require colleges and universities "to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity," <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-bills-legislature-20140829-story.html"><em>The Los Angeles Times</em> reports</a>.<p>The California Senate gave the bill unanimous approval on Thursday, and it is now headed to the governor's office.<p>The <em>Times</em> adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Along with a comprehensive prevention program, colleges would be required to help victims of sexual assault seek m Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:38:00 +0000 editor 27740 at http://wnpr.org California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill Shooting Range Accident Draws Focus On Children Handling Guns http://wnpr.org/post/shooting-range-accident-draws-focus-children-handling-guns A tragedy at an Arizona shooting range this week has set off a debate about children using high-powered weapons, as well as America's gun culture. Shooting range owners are defending their industry as safe, criticizing this particular operator for allowing a small girl to use an Uzi. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:31:57 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 27738 at http://wnpr.org