Scott Neuman http://wesa.fm en Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France http://wesa.fm/post/vincenzo-nibali-first-italian-15-years-win-tour-de-france Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year's Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris' Champs-Elysees.<p>As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.<p>On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner's podium.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/sports/cycling/italys-vincenzo- Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33302 at http://wesa.fm Vincenzo Nibali First Italian In 15 Years To Win Tour De France U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine http://wesa.fm/post/us-satellite-images-show-russian-rockets-hitting-ukraine <em><strong>Update at 4:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33301 at http://wesa.fm U.S.: Satellite Images Show Russian Rockets Hitting Ukraine Judges Overturns D.C. Ban On Handguns In Public http://wesa.fm/post/judges-overturns-dc-ban-handguns-public A federal judge has overturned a District of Columbia ban on carrying handguns in public, concluding that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to firearms outside the home.<p>In a 19-page ruling that was written on Thursday, but only released late Saturday, Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33300 at http://wesa.fm Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern http://wesa.fm/post/birth-100-millionth-person-philippines-greeted-joy-concern The Philippines on Sunday welcomed its 100-millionth citizen — a baby girl named Chonalyn who was born at a hospital in the capital, Manila.<p>Juan Antonio Perez III, executive director of the Commission on Population, announced the official milestone after the birth at Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, which has one of the busiest maternity wards in the world. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:45:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33297 at http://wesa.fm Birth Of 100-Millionth Person In Philippines Greeted With Joy, Concern Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy http://wesa.fm/post/libyan-conflict-rages-after-us-shuts-embassy <em><strong>Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Clashes between renegade Libyan army troops and Islamist-led militias have killed at least 38 people, including civilians, in and around the eastern city of Benghazi. The fighting comes a day after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/26/335542894/u-s-embassy-compound-in-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting">U.S. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33294 at http://wesa.fm Libyan Conflict Rages After U.S. Shuts Embassy Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators http://wesa.fm/post/fighting-near-mh17-crash-site-ukraine-thwarts-investigators <em><strong>Updated at 1:00 p.m. Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33288 at http://wesa.fm Fighting Near MH17 Crash Site In Ukraine Thwarts Investigators Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk http://wesa.fm/post/ukrainian-troops-said-poised-retake-rebel-held-donetsk Ukrainian forces were reportedly advancing on rebel positions near the key eastern town of Donetsk on Saturday, as they try to retake the separatist stronghold.<p>Donetsk is the region where Malaysia Airlines MH17 was shot down on July 17, killing nearly 300 people. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33277 at http://wesa.fm Ukrainian Troops Said Poised To Retake Rebel-Held Donetsk Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory http://wesa.fm/post/vincenzo-nibali-set-tour-de-france-victory It's all over but Sunday's ride down the Champs-Elysees: Italian cyclist Vincenzo Nibali has locked up an unassailable lead in the <a href="http://www.letour.com/le-tour/2014/us/">2014 Tour de France</a>.<p>Nibali, 29, is poised to take his first title in cycling's premier event and will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey on the final stage from Evry to Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998.<p>Astana Pro Team and Nibali, <a href="http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/racing/tour-de-france#hPPQAgrdPuXCdtOy.99">Cycling Weekly says</a>, "relinquished the lead to Frenchman Tony Gallopin for j Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33276 at http://wesa.fm Vincenzo Nibali Set For Tour De France Victory North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile http://wesa.fm/post/north-korea-reportedly-tests-short-range-ballistic-missile North Korea has fired a short-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, according to The Associated Press, which quotes an unnamed South Korean official.<p>The test is described as beginning with a launch in the country's southwest Hwanghae province on Saturday morning and ending when the missile landed off the east coast at the end of a 310-mile flight path.<p>The unnamed official quoted by AP did not specify what type of missile was involved, but its range suggests <a href="http://armscontrolcenter.org/publications/factsheets/fact_sheet_north_korea_nuclear_and_missile_programs/">it coul Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33274 at http://wesa.fm North Korea Reportedly Tests Short-Range Ballistic Missile U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site http://wesa.fm/post/un-second-black-box-found-algerian-airliner-crash-site United Nations experts said they had recovered a second so-called black box at the crash site of Air Algerie flight AH5017 that went down in the desert in southern Mali.<p>Reuters says that "initial evidence taken from the remote crash site indicates that the aircraft broke apart when it smashed to the ground early on Thursday morning, making an attack appear unlikely."<p>The plane was en route from Ouagadougou, the capital of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers when it suddenly disappeared from radar.<p>The death toll of 118 — 112 passengers and six crew — includes 54 French c Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33264 at http://wesa.fm U.N.: Second Black Box Found At Algerian Airliner Crash Site U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting http://wesa.fm/post/us-embassy-compound-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting <em><strong>Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.<p>"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33259 at http://wesa.fm U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting Israel Cabinet Agrees To Extend Cease-Fire Until Sunday http://wesa.fm/post/temporary-cease-fire-gaza-appears-be-holding <em><strong>Update at 5:35 p.m. ET.</strong></em><p>Israel's Security Cabinet says it is willing to extend an earlier cease-fire in Gaza, NPR's Emily Harris has confirmed, until Sunday at midnight local time.<p>Work on neutralizing the tunnels, however, will continue, according to an Israeli official. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33256 at http://wesa.fm Israel Cabinet Agrees To Extend Cease-Fire Until Sunday Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://wesa.fm/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33236 at http://wesa.fm Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year http://wesa.fm/post/pope-francis-visit-us-next-year Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33226 at http://wesa.fm Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet http://wesa.fm/post/indonesias-president-elect-crowdsources-his-cabinet Indonesia's president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader — starting with his Cabinet, which he's asking ordinary people to help him choose.<p>Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was named president on Tuesday following July 9 polls, the results of which were contested by rival Prabowo Subianto. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:57:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33218 at http://wesa.fm Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage http://wesa.fm/post/australia-sending-190-police-secure-mh17-wreckage <em><strong>Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33216 at http://wesa.fm Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://wesa.fm/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 33175 at http://wesa.fm U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://wesa.fm/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33167 at http://wesa.fm U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://wesa.fm/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 33160 at http://wesa.fm Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://wesa.fm/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 33152 at http://wesa.fm 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School http://wesa.fm/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 33153 at http://wesa.fm 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://wesa.fm/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 33150 at http://wesa.fm Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President 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