KUER http://kuer.org en Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism http://kuer.org/post/montana-sen-walsh-says-ptsd-may-have-played-role-his-plagiarism <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/24/us/politics/montana-senator-john-walsh-plagiarized-thesis.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0.">After <em>The New York Times</em> reported</a> Sen. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 49739 at http://kuer.org Montana Sen. Walsh Says PTSD May Have Played A Role In His Plagiarism Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://kuer.org/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 Erbil 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 49740 at http://kuer.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse http://kuer.org/post/simple-way-reduce-stroke-risk-take-your-pulse An irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation is a big cause of stroke, especially for people who have recently had a stroke. But it's not something that most people can feel.<p>Doctors test for <a href="http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/atrialfibrillation.html">atrial fibrillation</a> by hooking people up to an <a href="http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/ekg/">electrocardiogram</a> machine at the office, or having them wear a Holter monitor for a day or a week. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 49738 at http://kuer.org A Simple Way To Reduce Stroke Risk: Take Your Pulse Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know http://kuer.org/post/gaza-conflict-day-17-heres-what-you-need-know The Federal Aviation Administration is now allowing American flights in and out Israel.<p>If you remember, the FAA <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">banned flights to Ben Gurion Airport on Tuesday</a>, after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport.<p>"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:40:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 49731 at http://kuer.org Gaza Conflict Day 17: Here's What You Need To Know Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo http://kuer.org/post/syrian-babies-born-refugees-face-future-limbo Thousands of Syrian infants born to refugee parents are now stateless. Their births are unregistered and will pose many difficult challenges in this long-term conflict.<p>The exact numbers are far from certain. A recent report by the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, suggests that 75 percent of Syrians born in Lebanon since 2011 have not been properly registered. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 49737 at http://kuer.org Syrian Babies Born To Refugees Face A Future In Limbo Military Dogs' Advocates Say The Canines Aren't Pets — They're Vets http://kuer.org/post/military-dogs-advocates-say-canines-arent-pets-theyre-vets <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Military+Dogs%27+Advocates+Say+The+Canines+Aren%27t+Pets+%E2%80%94+They%27re+Vets&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 David Welna 49736 at http://kuer.org With New Safety Measures, Nuclear Reactors May Reopen In Japan http://kuer.org/post/new-safety-measures-nuclear-reactors-may-reopen-japan <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=With+New+Safety+Measures%2C+Nuclear+Reactors+May+Reopen+In+Japan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA0NjY4NzQ2MDEyOTc4NzIzMThmMjJkMg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 editor 49735 at http://kuer.org New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://kuer.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 49734 at http://kuer.org Iowa Mayor Calls For 'Caring Cities' To Take In Young Immigrants http://kuer.org/post/iowa-mayor-calls-caring-cities-take-young-immigrants <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Iowa+Mayor+Calls+For+%27Caring+Cities%27+To+Take+In+Young+Immigrants&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 49733 at http://kuer.org In Detroit Porch Shooting Trial, It's Murder Vs. Self-Defense http://kuer.org/post/detroit-porch-shooting-trial-its-murder-vs-self-defense <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Michigan Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://michiganradio.org/">http://michiganradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=In+Detroit+Porch+Shooting+Trial%2C+It%27s+Murder+Vs.+Self-Defense&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 49732 at http://kuer.org Authorities Lose Contact With Air Algerie Aircraft http://kuer.org/post/authorities-lose-contact-air-algerie-aircraft Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie aircraft traveling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers, Reuters reports citing the Algerian state news agency.<p>Reuters adds:<p><blockquote><p>"APS said authorities lost contact with flight AH 5017 an hour after it took off from Burkina Faso.<p>"Spanish private airline company Swiftair confirmed it had no contact with its MD-83 aircraft operated by Air Algerie, which it said was carrying 110 passengers and six crew. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:51:00 +0000 editor 49728 at http://kuer.org Sarah Palin Gets A Speeding Ticket, Says She 'Can't Drive 55' http://kuer.org/post/sarah-palin-gets-speeding-ticket-says-she-cant-drive-55 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sarah+Palin+Gets+A+Speeding+Ticket%2C+Says+She+%27Can%27t+Drive+55%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjMxOTIyMDEzMTcxNjAzMzFmMjBhZQ001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 49730 at http://kuer.org Judge To Bulldog Thief: 'You Hid The Pup; The Jig Was Up' http://kuer.org/post/judge-bulldog-thief-you-hid-pup-jig-was <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Judge+To+Bulldog+Thief%3A+%27You+Hid+The+Pup%3B+The+Jig+Was+Up%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:50:00 +0000 editor 49729 at http://kuer.org As Millions Of People Fast For Ramadan, Does The Economy Suffer? http://kuer.org/post/millions-people-fast-ramadan-does-economy-suffer <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=As+Millions+Of+People+Fast+For+Ramadan%2C+Does+The+Economy+Suffer%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 49727 at http://kuer.org What Would Demilitarizing Gaza Entail? http://kuer.org/post/what-would-demilitarizing-gaza-entail <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=What+Would+Demilitarizing+Gaza+Entail%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 49726 at http://kuer.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://kuer.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 49725 at http://kuer.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel http://kuer.org/post/despite-mideast-turmoil-more-french-jews-are-moving-israel Jews are leaving France and moving to Israel in unprecedented numbers this year.<p>With the departures expected to surpass 5,000, France could pull ahead of the U.S. for Jewish emigration to Israel, known as <em>aliya</em>. Usually, making <em>aliya</em> is a cause for celebration. But in France this year, it's tinged with bitterness.<p>The country, which has Europe's largest Muslim and Jewish populations, is experiencing repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 49724 at http://kuer.org Despite Mideast Turmoil, More French Jews Are Moving To Israel A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future http://kuer.org/post/strange-political-dustup-clouds-kansas-governors-future Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is locked in an unexpectedly tough re-election battle for doing exactly what he said he would do – cut taxes.<p>Citing mounting evidence that those tax cuts are creating a budget crisis – not stimulating the Kansas economy as promised – some in the state's moderate Republican establishment recently did the unthinkable: endorse a Democrat for governor.<p>That's not only endangering Brownback's re-election hopes, it's also tarnishing his plans to turn one of the reddest of red states into a national model.<p>Sam Brownback left the U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 editor 49723 at http://kuer.org A Strange Political Dustup Clouds Kansas Governor's Future Ariz. Governor Orders Review After Execution Lasts 2 Hours http://kuer.org/post/ariz-governor-orders-review-after-execution-lasts-2-hours <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Ariz.+Governor+Orders+Review+After+Execution+Lasts+2+Hours&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NzMxMTkxMDEzMDkyOTU3ODRmYjc2Mg001)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:05:00 +0000 editor 49722 at http://kuer.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency http://kuer.org/post/democrats-make-new-bid-require-donor-transparency Senate Democrats have rolled out this year's model of the DISCLOSE Act. Or, if you want to be more formal: the Democracy Is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections Act.<p>It's the third version of DISCLOSE since 2010. Broadly speaking, it would force donor disclosure on the big-money, 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations that are flourishing in post-<em>Citizens United</em> politics. Unlike almost all other players in an election campaign, 501(c)(4)s are not covered by the disclosure laws. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:05:00 +0000 Peter Overby 49720 at http://kuer.org Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://kuer.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49721 at http://kuer.org Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now http://kuer.org/post/utahns-keep-health-insurance-subsidies-now <p></p><p>A federal court in Washington DC ruled Tuesday that Obamacare subsidies are illegal. Utah is among 36 states that would&nbsp;potentially be affected by this ruling, but for now, Utahns will continue to receive those subsidies.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:23:26 +0000 Andrea Smardon 49718 at http://kuer.org Utahns Keep Health Insurance Subsidies for Now Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? http://kuer.org/post/can-you-trust-organic-label-imported-food Maybe you've wondered, while looking at the price tag on some organic produce, whether that label is telling the truth.<p><a href="http://peterlaufer.com/">Peter Laufer</a>, a writer and professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, doesn't just wonder. He's an outright skeptic, especially because the organic label seems to him like a license to raise prices. And also because those products are arriving through supply chains that stretch to far corners of the world.<p>The U.S. imports organic soybeans from China, spices from India, and dried fruits from Turkey. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 49719 at http://kuer.org Can You Trust That Organic Label On Imported Food? New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park http://kuer.org/post/new-activities-law-enforcement-poised-fight-crime-pioneer-park <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City Police Department began putting extra attention on Pioneer Park this month with the creation of a special bureau. Law Enforcement officials say that effort combined with new family-friendly activities will make the park and the neighborhood safer.</p><p>If you’ve spent any time around Pioneer Park lately, whether it be for the downtown farmer’s market or the Twilight Concert Series, you may have noticed some athletic, enthusiastic people flying high above you.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:09:01 +0000 Whittney Evans 49717 at http://kuer.org New Activities, Law Enforcement Poised to Fight Crime in Pioneer Park Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://kuer.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:37:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 49714 at http://kuer.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://kuer.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and non-profit groups are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 49716 at http://kuer.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling http://kuer.org/post/common-ground-between-iraqs-rebels-may-be-crumbling Abu Wissam speaks to us by phone from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He asks us to use his nickname to protect him, his family and his missing father before he recounts his father's kidnapping.<p>The men came on evening of July 3, just before Abu Wissam's family was preparing to break their day-long fast during the holy month of Ramadan.<p>"There were seven of them and before I knew it they were in our kitchen," he says.<p>Abu Wissam asked them who they were. They said they were from the Islamic State, and then they took his father, a retired general who served in Saddam Hussein's army. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Leila Fadel 49715 at http://kuer.org Common Ground Between Iraq's Rebels May Be Crumbling Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare http://kuer.org/post/insurance-fake-identities-latest-skirmish-over-obamacare House Republicans went on the attack Wednesday over what they say is the latest bungling of the Affordable Care Act: fake identities used to get insurance.<p>Undercover investigators were able to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance from the government's website 11 out of the 18 times they tried, according to a preliminary report from the Government Accountability Office.<p>Republicans on the Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee say fraud and abuse will be rampant and may already be.<p>Democrats question all the fuss.<p>For one thing, they argue applicants don't get Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 49711 at http://kuer.org Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends http://kuer.org/post/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.<p>But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:52:00 +0000 Charles Ornstein 49712 at http://kuer.org Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music http://kuer.org/post/finding-anthropology-latin-dance-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15199041/jorge-drexler" target="_blank">Jorge Drexler</a>'s songs have been called introspective and literate. He's been compared to <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15168166/paul-simon" target="_blank">Paul Simon</a>. But a couple years ago, the Uruguayan musician began to wonder what it would take to write dance-oriented music. That's the assignment he gave himself on his latest album, <em>Bailar en la Cueva</em>, or "dancing in the cave."<p>"I decided to start this record from the feet and from the movement centers in the body," Drexler says. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 editor 49713 at http://kuer.org Finding The Anthropology In Latin Dance Music