Scott Neuman http://kuer.org en Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://kuer.org/post/belieb-it-or-not-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45307 at http://kuer.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches http://kuer.org/post/georgia-law-oks-guns-schools-churches Georgians will now be able to carry firearms in such places as schools, bars, churches and government buildings under a sweeping new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.<p>The <a href="http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/60">Safe Carry Protection Act</a>, also known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said it will allow "people who follow the rules [to] protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules.<p>"The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45284 at http://kuer.org Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' http://kuer.org/post/judge-oks-wikileaker-mannings-name-change-chelsea The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.<p>A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the name-change request by the soldier formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, who is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/21/214100452/bradley-manning-to-find-out-his-fate">serving 35 years in prison</a> at Fort Leavenworth for giving secret documents to WikiLeaks. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45282 at http://kuer.org Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment http://kuer.org/post/obama-assures-japan-us-security-commitment President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45274 at http://kuer.org Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents http://kuer.org/post/american-journalist-kidnapped-ukraines-pro-russia-insurgents An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.<p>Simon Ostrovsky, working for <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/vice-news-statement-on-simon-ostrovsky?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">Vice News</a>, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.<p>Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the insurgents, confirmed Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held at the local branch of the Ukrainian security service, seized more than a week ago, according to The Associa Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45277 at http://kuer.org American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://kuer.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45247 at http://kuer.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death http://kuer.org/post/soldier-speaks-decade-after-pat-tillmans-friendly-fire-death Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305960157/ex-ranger-recalls-the-friendly-fire-that-killed-pat-tillman">Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered</a> that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45243 at http://kuer.org Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka http://kuer.org/post/tattoo-buddha-gets-british-tourist-thrown-out-sri-lanka The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on her arm. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45222 at http://kuer.org Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book http://kuer.org/post/louisiana-lawmaker-pulls-bill-make-bible-states-official-book The sponsor of a bill to make the Holy Bible the official book of Louisiana has withdrawn the measure ahead of a full vote in the state House of Representatives, saying the proposal has become a distraction.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303757067/holy-bible-could-become-louisianas-official-book">we reported last week</a>, a mix of Republicans and Democrats had moved the largely symbolic bill, sponsored by Rep. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45220 at http://kuer.org Louisiana Lawmaker Pulls Bill To Make Bible State's Official Book Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://kuer.org/post/supreme-court-affirms-ban-race-conscious-college-admissions The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.<p>In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">the justices</a> said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote the majority decision</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45214 at http://kuer.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Defendant In Utah Courtroom http://kuer.org/post/us-marshal-fatally-shoots-defendant-utah-courtroom An alleged gang member appearing in court in Utah was shot dead by a U.S. marshal on Monday after he reportedly lunged at a witness.<p><a href="http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601474/Gang-member-shot-after-lunging-at-court-witness-dies-from-gunshot-wounds.html">Deseret News</a> says 25-year-old Siale Angilau, aka "C-Down," was on trial in federal court in Salt Lake City when the fatal shooting took place.<p>"During the trial this morning, the defendant went after, engaged the witness stand, and when he engaged the witness at the witness stand, he was shot by the U.S. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45193 at http://kuer.org U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Defendant In Utah Courtroom Oso, Wash., Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 41; 4 Still Missing http://kuer.org/post/41-dead-4-still-missing-oso-mudslide Authorities announced Monday that the death toll from last month's mudslide near Oso, Wash., had risen to 41. Four people are still listed as missing.<p>Tuesday marks one month since the devastating landslide that caught the small community in the Cascade foothills by surprise. A rain-soaked hillside collapsed, setting in motion a massive flow of mud and debris.<p>The Snohomish County medical examiner's office says 41 have been confirmed dead, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/18/304583469/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-to-mudslide-victims">up from 39 last week</a>. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45177 at http://kuer.org U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan http://kuer.org/post/un-reports-hundreds-killed-ethnic-violence-south-sudan The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says that "<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27102643">targeted killings of civilians</a>" based on ethnicity were carried out in the war-torn country after rebels last week seized the city of Bentiu.<p><a href="http://www.unmiss.unmissions.org/Portals/unmiss/%20Press%20Releases/April%202014/21%20April%202014%20Press%20Release_final.pdf">In a statement on Monday</a>, UNMISS said its human rights investigators had confirmed the killings occurred April 15 and 16 after rebels of the Sudan People's Liberation Army took control of the oil hub.<p Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45174 at http://kuer.org U.N. Reports Hundreds Killed In Ethnic Violence In South Sudan Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support http://kuer.org/post/biden-visits-ukraine-offer-energy-economic-aid The situation in eastern Ukraine remains on edge Monday, following a weekend of violence that reportedly left up to five pro-Russian separatists dead at the hands of Ukraine nationalists. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45161 at http://kuer.org Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims http://kuer.org/post/oso-rescue-workers-erect-memorial-mudslide-victims Rescue workers still searching for bodies from the March 22 landslide that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303735775/washington-state-mudslide-death-toll-rises-to-39">killed at least 39 people near the town of Oso</a>, Washington, erected a simple, but moving memorial to the victims of the tragedy. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45066 at http://kuer.org Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://kuer.org/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 45051 at http://kuer.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported http://kuer.org/post/strong-quake-rattles-mexico-no-injuries-reported 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 injuries or major damage.<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 16:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45050 at http://kuer.org Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep http://kuer.org/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 23:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45025 at http://kuer.org Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant http://kuer.org/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 45012 at http://kuer.org Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 http://kuer.org/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 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 45014 at http://kuer.org Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://kuer.org/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 45005 at http://kuer.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading http://kuer.org/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 44995 at http://kuer.org BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant http://kuer.org/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 44989 at http://kuer.org 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug http://kuer.org/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 15:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44988 at http://kuer.org Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://kuer.org/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 20:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44949 at http://kuer.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://kuer.org/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 18:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 44937 at http://kuer.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://kuer.org/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 44935 at http://kuer.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://kuer.org/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 44933 at http://kuer.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://kuer.org/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 44930 at http://kuer.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://kuer.org/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 44910 at http://kuer.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims