Mark Memmott http://wesa.fm en After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest http://wesa.fm/post/after-tragedy-nepalese-sherpas-may-refuse-climb-everest Last Friday's tragedy on Mount Everest in which <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/19/304935269/mount-everest-avalanche-death-toll-rises-to-13" target="_blank">at least 13 Sherpa guides were killed in an avalanche</a> has led others among that group of Nepalese who lead foreigners up the world's tallest mountain to issue some demands — and threaten to boycott the soon-to-start climbing season if their requests aren't granted.<p><a href="http://time.com/69829/everest-climbing-season-in-doubt-as-sherpas-issue-ultimatum-to-authorites/" target="_blank"><em>Time</em> reports that< Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27916 at http://wesa.fm After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says http://wesa.fm/post/teen-survives-flight-hawaii-jets-wheel-well-fbi-says "Aviation experts call it a miracle," <a href="http://khon2.com/2014/04/20/fbi-investigating-stowaway-of-hawaiian-airlines-flight/" target="_blank">says Honolulu's KHON-TV</a>. "The FBI says a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, and survived. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27912 at http://wesa.fm Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says 'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions http://wesa.fm/post/murder-south-korean-leader-says-ferry-captains-actions "The conduct of the captain and some crew members is wholly unfathomable from the viewpoint of common sense, and it was like an act of murder that cannot and should not be tolerated."<p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2014/04/21/33/0301000000AEN20140421004151315F.html" target="_blank">Yonhap News says</a> that was the word Monday from South Korean President Park Geun-hye as she spoke with senior aides about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/146267509/ferry-disaster" target="_blank">last week's ferry disaster</a>, which is feared to have killed about 300 people — most of them h Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27911 at http://wesa.fm 'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule http://wesa.fm/post/its-time-run-again-boston-heres-schedule We don't need to go on at length about why today's running of the Boston Marathon is important.<p>We all know it's the first <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">since the bombings near the finish line of last year's race</a>. The explosions killed three people and injured another 260 or so. In the four days that followed, authorities say, the two suspects murdered an MIT campus police officer. One of the two brothers accused of carrying out the bombings then died after a gun battle with police. The other is in custody. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:53:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27907 at http://wesa.fm It's Time To Run Again In Boston: Here's The Schedule Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far http://wesa.fm/post/take-break-something-cute-two-kittens-who-traveled-far After so many stories this month about <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/179200897/accidents-and-disasters" target="_blank">accidents and disasters</a>, we needed something completely different and hopefully cute.<p>This would seem to fit the bill:<p>"Kittens accidentally packed in box, shipped from Los Angeles to San Diego." (<a href="http://www.10news.com/news/kittens-packed-in-box-shipped-from-los-angeles-to-san-diego-041614" target="_blank">San Diego's ABC10 News</a>)<p>"Two kittens are recovering after they were found inside a box that was shipped from the Los Angeles area to a Cox Communi Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27799 at http://wesa.fm Take A Break For Something Cute: Two Kittens Who Traveled Far Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying http://wesa.fm/post/heres-what-putin-didnt-tell-snowden-about-russias-spying "Does Russia intercept, store or analyze in any way the communications of millions of individuals?" former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304057289/putin-tells-snowden-that-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance" target="_blank">asked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday</a>.<p>"We don't have a mass system of such interception, and according to our law it cannot exist," the Russian leader responded.<p>Well, <a href="https://twitter.com/tgjelten/status/457169455101902848" target="_blank">as NPR's Tom Gjelten tweets< Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27785 at http://wesa.fm Here's What Putin Didn't Tell Snowden About Russia's Spying Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden http://wesa.fm/post/pakistani-madrassa-names-its-library-osama-bin-laden A sign now outside the small library at a religious school for girls in Pakistan's capital says the room has been named for a martyr — Osama bin Laden, whose al-Qaida terrorist network was responsible for the Sept. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27784 at http://wesa.fm Pakistani Madrassa Names Its Library For Osama Bin Laden Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/deal-doubt-separatists-refuse-budge-ukraine "Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and were looking for more assurances about their security before leaving the public buildings they are holding," <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/18/us-ukraine-crisis-idUSBREA3A1B520140418" target="_blank">Reuters reports</a>.<p>What's more, "the separatists' spokesman <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27076226" target="_blank">told the BBC</a> that the Kiev government was 'illegal,' so they would not go until the Kiev government ste Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27783 at http://wesa.fm Deal In Doubt As Separatists Refuse To Budge In Ukraine Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://wesa.fm/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27782 at http://wesa.fm Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface http://wesa.fm/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface The captain of the South Korean ferry that sank earlier this week in the Yellow Sea, leaving at least 28 dead and hundreds missing, has been arrested, along with two other crew members, South Korea's <a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/news/2014/04/19/0200000000AEN20140419000500315.html">Yonhap news agency says</a>.<p>The 69-year-old captain, Lee Jun-Seok, faces five counts including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law, Yonhap says.<p>Lee, who was taken into custody on Saturday (local time), was reportedly among the first to leave the stricken vessel, but he made a public apo Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27778 at http://wesa.fm Captain Of Korean Ferry Arrested As Vessel Sinks Below Surface One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://wesa.fm/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27721 at http://wesa.fm One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://wesa.fm/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 13:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27715 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://wesa.fm/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 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27714 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://wesa.fm/post/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 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27713 at http://wesa.fm Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://wesa.fm/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27710 at http://wesa.fm Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://wesa.fm/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 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27707 at http://wesa.fm No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://wesa.fm/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 17:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27666 at http://wesa.fm Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free http://wesa.fm/post/dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria <strong>9:45 a.m. ET, April 17:</strong> The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304072807/fate-of-girls-abducted-in-nigeria-now-uncertain" target="_blank">Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain</a>.<p><strong>Our post from April 16:</strong><p>Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military reports. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27658 at http://wesa.fm 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident http://wesa.fm/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 13:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27655 at http://wesa.fm 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side http://wesa.fm/post/ukraine-reports-soldiers-switching-pro-russia-side Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.<p>According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.<p>In the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303640418/the-latest-from-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">Ari reported on<em Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27654 at http://wesa.fm In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident http://wesa.fm/post/hundreds-missing-after-ferry-sinks-south-korea-coast <h6>This post is being updated as news comes in.</h6><p>Unsuccessful in their attempts to find the missing in a sunken ferry off the southern coast of South Korea overnight, rescue divers resumed their search at day break Thursday, Jason Strother reports from Seoul.<p>A day after the boat began to sink, the cause of the accident is unclear and less than half of the passengers who were on board have been rescued, Strother tells NPR's Newscast Desk.<p>Most of those unaccounted for are high school students who were on a trip to a resort island.<p>The ship, which left the city of Incheon on South Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27646 at http://wesa.fm Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://wesa.fm/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 17:12:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27602 at http://wesa.fm Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center http://wesa.fm/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 14:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27594 at http://wesa.fm Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling http://wesa.fm/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 13:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27592 at http://wesa.fm An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://wesa.fm/post/ukrainian-military-moves-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 27586 at http://wesa.fm Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters