Bill Chappell http://kuer.org en Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos http://kuer.org/post/hospital-settles-lawsuit-thousands-women-over-exam-photos The Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to former patients of a gynecologist who used a small camera to secretly film examinations, in one of the the largest sexual misconduct settlements involving a physician.<p>The Baltimore-based hospital is settling a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women and at least 62 minors; more women will likely register with the suit.<p>From member station WYPR, Christopher Connelly reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Dr. Nikita Levy saw more than 12,000 patients over the decades he spent working at Hopkins. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49599 at http://kuer.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry http://kuer.org/post/flight-mh17-un-calls-inquiry-and-access-victims-bodies-handed-over <strong>This post was last updated at 7:10 p.m. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49590 at http://kuer.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friend Convicted For Impeding Bombing Inquiry http://kuer.org/post/dzhokhar-tsarnaevs-friend-found-guilty-impeding-inquiry Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who police say impeded their investigation of the 2013 attack, has been convicted on some of the charges against him and found not guilty of others.<p>Tazhayakov was found guilty of obstructing justice and conspiracy. A 12-member jury says that along with another friend, Tazhayakov conspired to remove a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room that could have provided evidence in the case, shortly after police had broadcast photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the deadly bombing. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49574 at http://kuer.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine http://kuer.org/post/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-crash-what-we-know <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbyZYgSXdyw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPu1dhje3Po</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49460 at http://kuer.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died http://kuer.org/post/actress-and-singer-elaine-stritch-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=virv-1o2KjE</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49418 at http://kuer.org Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down http://kuer.org/post/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-plane-over-ukraine <strong>This post was last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area of the country that has been wracked by a separatist insurgency.<p>The airline's senior vice president and European chief, Huib Gorter, told reporters the plane was carrying at least 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. The nationalities of 47 passengers had yet to be determined. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49411 at http://kuer.org U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down California Bank Robbery Ends In Violent And Deadly Car Chase http://kuer.org/post/bank-robbery-ends-violent-and-deadly-car-chase A bank robbery in California ended in a running gunbattle between police and three armed men in an hourlong car chase. The suspects had taken three hostages with them after fleeing the bank in the city of Stockton. Two of the suspects died, along with one hostage.<p>The chase didn't end until police succeeded in shooting out the tires on the vehicle the men were in. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49405 at http://kuer.org Microsoft Will Cut As Many As 18,000 Jobs http://kuer.org/post/microsoft-will-cut-many-18000-jobs A large layoff is under way at Microsoft, as the technology company says it will cut 13,000 jobs in the next six months. All but 500 of the layoffs are related to the Nokia phone division the company acquired in April. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49403 at http://kuer.org Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 http://kuer.org/post/blues-guitarist-johnny-winter-dies-70 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tyg5SJDpiQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30mpfUlYO0A</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49402 at http://kuer.org Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins http://kuer.org/post/mortars-rock-shaky-5-hour-truce-between-hamas-and-israel <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: Ground Offenses Begin</strong><p>Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday, which we are covering in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza" target="_blank">this post</a>.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. ET: Hostilities Resume</strong><p>A temporary cease-fire had brought relative quiet to Gaza for a few hours earlier in the day, as Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49397 at http://kuer.org A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly http://kuer.org/post/huge-new-crater-found-siberia-and-theories-fly <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kMs05VaOfE</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49359 at http://kuer.org A Huge New Crater Is Found In Siberia, And The Theories Fly New Hampshire Says It Will Now Allow D.C. Residents To Buy Booze http://kuer.org/post/new-hampshire-says-it-will-now-allow-dc-residents-buy-booze Clearing up a technicality that had left visitors from Washington, D.C., unable to purchase alcohol in New Hampshire, the state's liquor board says it's now OK to accept D.C. licenses. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49354 at http://kuer.org Murdoch Confirms A Spurned Bid For Time Warner http://kuer.org/post/murdoch-confirms-spurned-bid-time-warner Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox says it sought to buy Time Warner last month, confirming reports of a deal that would have reshaped America's media landscape. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49352 at http://kuer.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers http://kuer.org/post/eeoc-announces-tougher-rules-protecting-pregnant-workers Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:28:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49353 at http://kuer.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers Israeli Official: Chance Of A Ground Invasion Of Gaza 'Very High' http://kuer.org/post/israel-warns-people-leave-gaza-cease-fire-debate-continues <strong>This post was updated at 3 p.m. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49349 at http://kuer.org Israeli Official: Chance Of A Ground Invasion Of Gaza 'Very High' Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot http://kuer.org/post/plan-make-6-states-out-california-may-head-ballot Backers of a plan to cut California into six states say they now have enough signatures from supporters to get their proposal on a general-election ballot in the state. The plan would create new states with names like Jefferson, Silicon Valley and South California.<p>The initiative's main backer is tech industry investor Timothy Draper, who plans to hold a news conference today to officially announce that his group has enough petition signatures to move the plan forward. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:23:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49304 at http://kuer.org Plan To Make 6 States Out Of California May Head To Ballot NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic http://kuer.org/post/npr-news-executive-leaves-job-atlantic Margaret Low Smith, a longtime NPR executive who has served as senior vice president for news for three years, is leaving the company to become the president of The Atlantic's live events business.<p>"Her departure will be felt as profoundly as any in recent memory," NPR Chief Content Officer Kinsey Wilson wrote in a memo to staff Tuesday.<p>He added that Smith's final day at NPR will be at the end of July. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49297 at http://kuer.org NPR News Executive Leaves For Job At The Atlantic Moscow Metro Train Derails, Causing Deaths And Many Injuries http://kuer.org/post/moscow-metro-train-derails-causing-deaths-and-many-injuries <strong>This post was updated at 2 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least two subway cars jumped off their tracks in a tunnel in Moscow's metro system during morning rush hour today, injuring more than 160 people, some of them severely, and killing at least 21 others, emergency officials say.<p>The derailment was reportedly due to an electrical problem. Reports of the number of dead and wounded often fluctuate in situations like this; we'll be updating this post as necessary.<p>"A total of 139 people out of more than 160 injured... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:58:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49290 at http://kuer.org Moscow Metro Train Derails, Causing Deaths And Many Injuries After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign http://kuer.org/post/hamas-rejects-cease-fire-after-israel-oks-proposal <strong><strong>This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49285 at http://kuer.org After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star http://kuer.org/post/tipping-cap-derek-jeter-all-stars-all-star <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X03_bNuihLU</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49247 at http://kuer.org Tipping The Cap To Derek Jeter, An All-Star's All-Star Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash http://kuer.org/post/contador-abandons-tour-de-france-after-mountain-crash These are not good days to be a former Tour de France champion on the roads of France. Spain's Alberto Contador left the race after suffering a heavy crash in a wet and foggy portion of Monday's mountain stage, five days after defending champion Chris Froome <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/09/330106196/defending-tour-de-france-champ-froome-quits-race">abandoned the race</a>.<p>Contador's crash was apparently caused when he hit something in the road; it was so violent that it tore his shoe apart. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49240 at http://kuer.org Another Former Champion Abandons Tour De France After Crash Former Captive Bergdahl Will Return To Regular Duty In Army http://kuer.org/post/former-captive-bergdahl-will-return-regular-duty-army The Army says Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, whose freedom from the Taliban was gained by a prisoner exchange, has been cleared for active duty and assigned to a unit in Texas. When he was released in May, Bergdahl had been held by the Taliban for five years.<p>Responding to questions from NPR's Tom Bowman about his status, the Army issued a statement:<p><blockquote><p>"Sgt. Bergdahl has completed the final phase of the reintegration process under the control of U.S. Army South and is currently being assigned to U.S. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49234 at http://kuer.org Sweet Deal? Chocolatier Lindt Buys Russell Stover http://kuer.org/post/sweet-deal-chocolatier-lindt-buys-russell-stover In a push for greater prominence in the American market, Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprungli has reached a deal to acquire Russell Stover, the company whose products include the time-tested Whitman's Sampler box of chocolates, a product featured in the 1994 film <em>Forrest Gump</em>.<p>The deal would make the combined company the No. 3 chocolate maker in North America, Lindt says in a news release announcing the deal. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49233 at http://kuer.org Sweet Deal? Chocolatier Lindt Buys Russell Stover Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues http://kuer.org/post/israel-shoots-down-drone-clash-hamas-continues Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.<p>From <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.604898">Haaretz</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49228 at http://kuer.org Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years http://kuer.org/post/costa-concordia-cruise-ship-floats-again-after-two-years More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.<p>"Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter," reports NPR's Sylvia Poggioli. "The ship is to be raised another meter today. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49225 at http://kuer.org Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://kuer.org/post/border-patrol-ceases-flying-migrants-san-diego Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.<p>In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/02/327738660/protesters-turn-back-buses-of-immigrant-detainees-near-san-diego">fierce local opposition</a>. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49135 at http://kuer.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://kuer.org/post/lebron-james-will-return-cleveland-cavaliers The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.<p>James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.<p><strong>Update at 12:45 p.m. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:46:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49133 at http://kuer.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos http://kuer.org/post/fly-eagle-site-picks-best-aerial-drone-photos An eagle soars above a national park in Bali, Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from above its shelf of cascading water. Those are the top two finishers in a contest held to find the best images captured by cameras mounted on aerial drones. The winners were recently unveiled by the site <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/">Dronestagram</a>.<p>The website chose winners by two methods: a juried competition, and the images' popularity among the site's visitors (see the <a href="http://www.dronestagr.am/contest/rewards/">top three images</a> in each category). Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49125 at http://kuer.org Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million http://kuer.org/post/liverpool-unloads-biter-sending-suarez-barca-128-million Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/24/325226445/living-up-to-his-past-suarez-apparently-bites-italian-opponent">biting an Italian player</a> during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49123 at http://kuer.org Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants http://kuer.org/post/dozens-ukraines-troops-reportedly-killed-militants Separatists in eastern Ukraine reportedly used a rocket-launching system in an attack Friday that a Ukrainian official says might have killed as many as 30 government troops. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49122 at http://kuer.org Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants