Bill Chappell http://wlrn.org en Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego http://wlrn.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 35401 at http://wlrn.org Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers http://wlrn.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 16:33:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35392 at http://wlrn.org LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos http://wlrn.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 35389 at http://wlrn.org Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million http://wlrn.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 35385 at http://wlrn.org Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants http://wlrn.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 35384 at http://wlrn.org Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace http://wlrn.org/post/israel-and-hamas-keep-attacks-ignoring-calls-peace <strong>This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.</strong><p>The number of Palestinians killed in Israel's aerial offensive that began this week has surpassed 100, according to health officials in Gaza. More than 600 people have been wounded in the ongoing exchange of airstrikes and rockets between Israel's military and the militant group Hamas.<p>"Since Israel launched its offensive four days ago it has attacked at least 1,100 sites in Gaza, half of them rocket launchers, the army says," Daniel Estrin reports for NPR from Jerusalem. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35379 at http://wlrn.org Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole http://wlrn.org/post/wham-mcilroy-tees-reaches-green-436-yard-hole Golfer Rory McIlroy had an outstanding first day at the Scottish Open, finishing with a seven-under-par 64 to break the Royal Aberdeen course record Thursday. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35334 at http://wlrn.org Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations http://wlrn.org/post/hbo-and-game-thrones-haul-most-emmy-nominations Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's <em>Game of Thrones</em> got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries <em>Fargo</em>.<p>NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"HBO also got nominated for its movie <em>The Normal Heart</em>, for its drama <em>True Detective</em> and, in a surprise, for its comedy <em>Silicon Valley</em>.<p>"Other winners included Netflix, with 31 nominations. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35318 at http://wlrn.org HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations U.S. Willing To Facilitate Gaza Cease-Fire, White House Says http://wlrn.org/post/no-cease-fire-gaza-netanyahu-says-un-calls-calm <em><strong>Update at 6:31 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>The U.S. is prepared to facilitate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the White House said Thursday, as Israel continued its campaign of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, and rockets fired by Hamas and other groups kept raining down on Israel.<p>The Israeli airstrikes have hit more than 700 targets in Gaza, killed at least 89 people and wounded more than 600. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:38:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35314 at http://wlrn.org U.S. Willing To Facilitate Gaza Cease-Fire, White House Says Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings http://wlrn.org/post/kurdish-leaders-boycott-iraqi-government-meetings A dispute between Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region is boiling over, as Kurdish ministers withdrew from all Cabinet meetings. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35306 at http://wlrn.org Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers http://wlrn.org/post/hackers-china-reportedly-targeted-us-federal-workers Chinese hackers successfully accessed U.S. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:26:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35304 at http://wlrn.org What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family http://wlrn.org/post/what-happens-when-israeli-mourners-visit-palestinian-family The family of slain Palestinian teenager <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/06/329156809/israel-arrests-6-in-teens-death-holds-victims-u-s-cousin">Mohammed Abu Khdeir</a> received condolences from an unlikely source Tuesday: Israelis who had asked to come and mourn with them.<p>The scene was predictably awkward, even painfully so. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35265 at http://wlrn.org What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? http://wlrn.org/post/flop-life-what-if-we-all-acted-we-were-world-cup <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvsuYssoTw0</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35260 at http://wlrn.org Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup? As Deadline Nears, Snowden Seeks To Extend His Stay In Russia http://wlrn.org/post/deadline-nears-snowden-seeks-extend-his-stay-russia Edward Snowden remains a fugitive from U.S. authorities over leaking secret documents about its surveillance programs. Now he's asking Russia to extend the one-year term of asylum the country granted the former NSA contract worker last summer.<p>Snowden's asylum, which was granted last August, is set to expire at the end of this month. His lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, says they've filed papers for an extension.<p>"We have gone through the course of receiving temporary asylum. On July 31, this term ends. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35253 at http://wlrn.org 5,000 Years Old: Ancient Yew Tree Identified In Wales http://wlrn.org/post/5000-years-old-ancient-yew-tree-identified-wales It might be the oldest tree in Britain. A yew tree that sprawls over a churchyard in Wales is more than 5,000 years old, according to experts. While it's not exceptionally tall, the tree has a wide canopy. And it dates back to the era of Egypt's pharaohs.<strong> </strong><p>From NPR's London bureau, Rich Preston reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The 60-foot-wide yew tree sits in the grounds of St Cynog's churchyard near Swansea in Wales. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 14:53:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35251 at http://wlrn.org