Scott Neuman http://wlrn.org en Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims http://wlrn.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 31026 at http://wlrn.org Rescue Workers Erect Memorial To Washington Mudslide Victims Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt http://wlrn.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 31011 at http://wlrn.org Japan Says It Will Temporarily Scale Back Whale Hunt Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported http://wlrn.org/post/strong-quake-rattles-mexico-no-reports-injuries 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 16:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30999 at http://wlrn.org Strong Quake Rattles Mexico, But No Injuries Reported Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep http://wlrn.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 22:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30976 at http://wlrn.org Even Chimps Know That A Firm Bed Makes For Quality Sleep Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 http://wlrn.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 21:37:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30966 at http://wlrn.org Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies At 87 Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant http://wlrn.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 30964 at http://wlrn.org Chelsea Clinton Says She's Pregnant Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://wlrn.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 30972 at http://wlrn.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading http://wlrn.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 30952 at http://wlrn.org BP Exec Who Led Cleanup Settles On Charges Of Insider Trading 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant http://wlrn.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 30937 at http://wlrn.org 15 Injured After Firetrucks Collide, Smash Into LA Restaurant Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug http://wlrn.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 15:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30935 at http://wlrn.org Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years http://wlrn.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 19:59:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30897 at http://wlrn.org Ex-City Manager Caught In Calif. Salary Scandal Gets 12 Years Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book http://wlrn.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 18:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30888 at http://wlrn.org Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book Judge Overturns North Dakota's Strict Abortion Law http://wlrn.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 30889 at http://wlrn.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 http://wlrn.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 30882 at http://wlrn.org Washington State Mudslide Death Toll Rises To 39 Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed http://wlrn.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 30879 at http://wlrn.org Iraq's Infamous Abu Ghraib Prison Temporarily Closed