Scott Neuman http://wesa.fm en Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://wesa.fm/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 32923 at http://wesa.fm Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://wesa.fm/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 32916 at http://wesa.fm 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict http://wesa.fm/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 32903 at http://wesa.fm R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday http://wesa.fm/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 12:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32900 at http://wesa.fm At Least 13 Israeli Soldiers, 87 Palestinians Killed In Gaza Strip Sunday Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions http://wesa.fm/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 32891 at http://wesa.fm Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site http://wesa.fm/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 32890 at http://wesa.fm Dutch Premier Decries 'Utterly Disrespectful Behavior' At MH17 Crash Site States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says http://wesa.fm/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 32883 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 32882 at http://wesa.fm 400,000+ Sign Petition To Move 'Sad Bear' To Better Life In Canada Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War http://wesa.fm/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 32874 at http://wesa.fm Gaza Toll Near 340 As Israel Presses Ground War U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands http://wesa.fm/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 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32859 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Citizen Killed On MH17 Lived Mainly In Netherlands Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://wesa.fm/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 32836 at http://wesa.fm Appeals Court Upholds Overturning Of Oklahoma Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court http://wesa.fm/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 32829 at http://wesa.fm Berlusconi Underage Sex Conviction Overturned By Italian Court CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths http://wesa.fm/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 32770 at http://wesa.fm CEO Of Ignition Switch Maker Says No Responsibility For GM Deaths Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions http://wesa.fm/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 32765 at http://wesa.fm Australia Repeals An Unpopular Tax On Carbon Emissions Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes http://wesa.fm/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 32762 at http://wesa.fm Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down One Of Its Warplanes Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles http://wesa.fm/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 32547 at http://wesa.fm Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm http://wesa.fm/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 32544 at http://wesa.fm WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission http://wesa.fm/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 32541 at http://wesa.fm Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill http://wesa.fm/post/desmond-tutu-backs-britains-assisted-dying-bill Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu, who describes as "disgraceful" the way former South African President Nelson Mandela was treated in his last, enfeebled days, has thrown his support behind a British assisted-dying bill.<p>"I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32532 at http://wesa.fm Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill Moscow Warns Ukraine Over Alleged Shelling Of Russian Town http://wesa.fm/post/moscow-warns-ukraine-over-alleged-shelling-russian-town Moscow says artillery shells fired from Ukrainian territory killed one person and wounded two others in a Russian border town. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32531 at http://wesa.fm Palestinians Flee Gaza After Israel Drops Warning Leaflets http://wesa.fm/post/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets <strong>This post was updated at 4:45 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Thousands of people are fleeing a border town in the Gaza Strip after Israel dropped leaflets warning of stepped up attacks on the sixth day of an offensive. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32529 at http://wesa.fm Palestinians Flee Gaza After Israel Drops Warning Leaflets Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount http://wesa.fm/post/afghan-presidential-candidates-agree-full-recount Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.<p>The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.<p>Kerry said it would be the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the ballots possible. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32520 at http://wesa.fm Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash http://wesa.fm/post/tracy-morgan-sues-wal-mart-over-truck-limousine-crash Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/07/319717577/actor-tracy-morgan-injured-in-a-car-accident-in-new-jersey">his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck</a> going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence.<p>The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32518 at http://wesa.fm Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares http://wesa.fm/post/cdc-closes-two-labs-after-anthrax-flu-scares Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.<p>The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/20/324077444/cdc-says-more-workers-potentially-exposed-to-live-anthrax">possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32517 at http://wesa.fm 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad http://wesa.fm/post/iraq-airlifting-volunteer-reinforcements-ramadi <strong>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.<p>The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."<p>"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs," an unidentified police officer told Reuters. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 32516 at http://wesa.fm 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad