Scott Neuman http://wesa.fm en Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wesa.fm/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 27804 at http://wesa.fm Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported http://wesa.fm/post/strong-quake-rattles-mexico-no-reports-injuries A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck near Mexico's resort town of Acapulco could be felt as far away as Mexico City, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter of Friday's quake was located about 80 miles northwest of Acapulco at a depth of about 15 miles. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27790 at http://wesa.fm China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated http://wesa.fm/post/china-admits-one-fifth-its-farmland-contaminated Unbridled industrialization with almost no environmental regulation has resulted in the toxic contamination of one-fifth of China's farmland, the Communist Party has acknowledged for the first time.<p>The report, issued by the ministries of Environmental Protection and Land and Resources, says 16.1 percent of the country's soil in general and 19.4 percent of its farmland is polluted with toxic heavy metals such as cadmium, nickel and arsenic. It was based on a soil survey of more than 2.4 million square miles of land across China, spanning a period from April 2005 until December 2013. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27786 at http://wesa.fm China Admits That One-Fifth Of Its Farmland Is Contaminated Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep http://wesa.fm/post/even-chimps-know-firm-bed-makes-quality-sleep In the wilds of Africa, chimpanzees consistently choose to make their sleeping nests in a particular tree that offers the "just right" kind of comfort that Goldilocks famously preferred.<p>That's according to a new study in the journal <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0095361;jsessionid=6EAE23D29CF422DDF26836FAA9103484">PLOS ONE</a> that could also bolster a theory that solid shut-eye may have been a key to human evolution.<p>In the latest study, scientists measured the "stiffness and bending strength" of seven trees most commonly used by chimps to ma Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27761 at http://wesa.fm Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant http://wesa.fm/post/chelsea-clinton-says-shes-pregnant Chelsea Clinton announced Thursday that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child, also a first grandchild for former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.<p>"Mark and I are very excited that we have our first child arriving later this year," Chelsea Clinton, who is 34, said at a New York event while sitting on a stage with her mother, according to The Associated Press.<p>Hillary Clinton said she's "really excited" about becoming a grandmother.<p>Chelsea is vice chairman of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Foundation. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27756 at http://wesa.fm Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 http://wesa.fm/post/nobel-prize-winning-author-gabriel-garcia-marquez-dies-87 Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of <em>One Hundred Years of Solitude,</em> has died in Mexico City. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27741 at http://wesa.fm Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://wesa.fm/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27742 at http://wesa.fm Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading http://wesa.fm/post/bp-exec-who-led-cleanup-settles-charges-insider-trading A former BP executive who led the company's cleanup of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/10/190413988/bp-ends-oil-spill-cleanup-in-gulf-except-for-louisiana">2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill</a> has agreed to pay $224,000 in penalties and restitution in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly trading on inside information on the disaster.<p>SEC regulators say Keith A. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27736 at http://wesa.fm BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant http://wesa.fm/post/15-injured-after-fire-trucks-collide-smash-la-restaurant Two firetrucks speeding toward the same blaze in a Los Angeles suburb collided, with one of the vehicles then plowing into a restaurant, injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.<p>Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said trucks from his city and neighboring Alhambra were responding to a house fire shortly after 3 p.m. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27720 at http://wesa.fm 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug http://wesa.fm/post/police-canada-make-arrest-related-heartbleed-bug A 19-year-old alleged hacker has been arrested and his computer equipment seized by Canadian police after he purportedly exploited the "Heartbleed" bug vulnerability to steal confidential information from the country's tax collection agency.<p>"Heartbleed," which takes advantage of a security gap in a popular open-source encryption program, was discovered last week, forcing companies to shore up their security and millions of people to update passwords. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27716 at http://wesa.fm Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://wesa.fm/post/ex-city-manager-caught-calif-salary-scandal-gets-12-years Robert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who pleaded no contest to conspiracy, misappropriation of public funds and falsification of public records, has been ordered to serve 12 years in state prison and repay nearly $9 million.<p>Rizzo, who was city manager of Bell until 2010, apologized during sentencing, telling Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy that he "[breached] the public trust" and that "I am so sorry for that. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:59:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27672 at http://wesa.fm Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://wesa.fm/post/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book The "Good Book" could become the official book of Louisiana if a <a href="http://legiscan.com/LA/text/HB503/2014">bill sent to the state's Legislature</a> passes in a vote that could come as early as this week.<p>The Municipal, Parochial and Cultural Affairs Committee of the <a href="http://house.legis.state.la.us/">Louisiana House of Representatives</a> voted 8-5 on April 10 to forward a measure that would make the Holy Bible the state's official book. It's a symbolic designation similar to choosing a state bird or state flower. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27668 at http://wesa.fm Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://wesa.fm/post/judge-overturns-north-dakotas-strict-abortion-law A federal judge has struck down a North Dakota law banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, calling the law "invalid and unconstitutional."<p>The law, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/15/174453025/north-dakota-legislature-oks-bill-banning-abortions-after-heartbeat-is-found">passed by lawmakers in the state just over a year ago</a>, bans abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and is considered the most restrictive in the country.<p>U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who is based in Bismarck, cited the 1973 <em>Roe v. Wade</em> decision by the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27669 at http://wesa.fm Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://wesa.fm/post/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-39 The death toll in last month's fatal mudslide in Washington state <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/16/us-usa-mudslide-washingtonstate-idUSBREA3F07920140416">has risen to 39</a>, officials say, after two more bodies were recovered from the debris.<p>Search efforts following the mudslide, near the community of Oso in the Cascades foothills, have been hampered by rain and the difficulty in recovering victims from the mudslide on the north fork of the Stillaguamish River on March 22.<p>Last week, the Snohomish County medical examiner's office <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27664 at http://wesa.fm Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://wesa.fm/post/iraqs-infamous-abu-ghraib-prison-temporarily-closed Abu Ghraib, the Iraqi prison that became the center of a 2004 prison-abuse scandal during the U.S. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27659 at http://wesa.fm Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://wesa.fm/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27632 at http://wesa.fm NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy http://wesa.fm/post/saturn-might-have-new-baby-moon-named-peggy It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.<p>NASA's <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/">Cassini spacecraft</a> spotted evidence of Peggy, which is believed to measure just a half-mile across, as its slight gravity was disturbing the edge of Saturn's ring system. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27617 at http://wesa.fm Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video http://wesa.fm/post/watch-israels-new-low-cost-airline-has-catchy-safety-video El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27603 at http://wesa.fm WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. http://wesa.fm/post/giant-south-american-bird-run-uk An ostrich-size South American <a href="http://sfzoo.businesscatalyst.com/Default.aspx?PageID=15676198&A=SearchResult&SearchID=6397964&ObjectID=15676198&ObjectType=1">rhea</a> that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.<p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10767553/Dangerous-giant-bird-on-the-loose-in-Hertfordshire-countryside.html">The Telegraph describes</a> the flightless bird, <a href="http://www.wonders-world.com/2010/07/top-9-most-dangerous-bi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27600 at http://wesa.fm Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement http://wesa.fm/post/swimming-superstar-michael-phelps-emerges-retirement Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is coming out of retirement.<p>Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee public affairs officer, tweeted this morning: "It is official, Michael Phelps is back.... competing next week in Arizona."<p>Phelps, who will be 29 in June, has already competed in four Olympic Games, winning 22 medals, including 18 gold. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27562 at http://wesa.fm Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future http://wesa.fm/post/dutch-test-glow-dark-road-future There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie <em>Tron</em>, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.<p>The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies <a href="http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/info/">Studio Roosegaarde</a> and Heijmans, a road construction firm.<p>"It's almost radioactive," says artist Daan Roosega Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27545 at http://wesa.fm Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen http://wesa.fm/post/french-police-deploy-dna-dragnet-solve-rape-teen Police in France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male high school students in western France in hopes of identifying the person who raped a 16-year-old girl.<p>The assault reportedly occurred at a private Roman Catholic school in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast on Sept. 30. Investigators are trying to match DNA found on the victim's clothing, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27020933">the BBC says.</a><p>Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle is quoted by The Associated Press as saying that since authorities began taking samples early Monday, no one had refused. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27537 at http://wesa.fm There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://wesa.fm/post/many-clouds-likely-block-tonights-blood-moon-eclipse It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27532 at http://wesa.fm There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds http://wesa.fm/post/millennials-talk-god-fewer-rely-religion-survey-finds Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.<p>The survey of 2,000 U.S. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27447 at http://wesa.fm Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America http://wesa.fm/post/total-eclipse-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.<p>The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak <a href="http://www.space.com/25447-moon-observing-tips-total-lunar-eclipse.html">at about 3 a.m. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27436 at http://wesa.fm Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America