Election 2012 http://wkar.org en Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission http://wkar.org/post/antares-ready-blast-iss-supply-mission <strong>This post was updated at 1:30 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Private space venture <a href="https://twitter.com/OrbitalSciences">Orbital Sciences</a> launched its second official resupply mission to the International Space Station in <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html#.U8KqZUAmUhw">a perfect launch from at Wallops Island, Va, after several delays.</a><p>The Antares rocket, carrying an unmanned Cygnus resupply capsule packed with 3,293 lbs. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56629 at http://wkar.org 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' http://wkar.org/post/without-tommy-theres-no-ramones Punk rock music has lost one of its earliest pioneers.<p>Tommy Ramone <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/12/330893277/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-of-the-ramones-dies-at-62">died of cancer on Friday</a> at his home in Queens, N.Y. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:04:00 +0000 Hansi Lo Wang 56628 at http://wkar.org 'Without Tommy, There's No Ramones' Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill http://wkar.org/post/desmond-tutu-backs-britains-assisted-dying-bill Retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu, who describes as "disgraceful" the way former South African President Nelson Mandela was treated in his last, enfeebled days, has thrown his support behind a British assisted-dying bill.<p>"I have been fortunate to spend my life working for dignity for the living. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56627 at http://wkar.org Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill Moscow Warns Ukraine Over Alleged Shelling Of Russian Town http://wkar.org/post/moscow-warns-ukraine-over-alleged-shelling-russian-town Moscow says artillery shells fired from Ukrainian territory killed one person and wounded two others in a Russian border town. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56626 at http://wkar.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://wkar.org/post/can-brazil-regain-soccer-glory-beauty-over-brawn Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 56624 at http://wkar.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Palestinians Flee Gaza After Israel Drops Warning Leaflets http://wkar.org/post/palestinians-flee-gaza-after-israel-drops-warning-leaflets <strong>This post was updated at 11:00 a.m. ET.</strong><p>Thousands of people are fleeing a border town in the Gaza Strip after Israel dropped leaflets warning of stepped up attacks on the sixth day of an offensive. Meanwhile, an Israeli commando squad crossed into Gaza today to destroy a Hamas rocket-launching site.<p>The commando raid is the first incursion of Israeli troops into Gaza since the beginning of the offensive, which Palestinian officials say has killed 160 people.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, reporting from Jerusalem, says that up until now, it's been entirely an air war. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56625 at http://wkar.org Palestinians Flee Gaza After Israel Drops Warning Leaflets Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword http://wkar.org/post/ebola-invades-new-york-times-sunday-crossword Last Sunday I literally was clueless about a<em> New York Times</em> crossword puzzle clue: "Menace named after an African river." The answer was five letters long. WHAT WERE THEY?!?!<p>I finally did figure out the answer from the crossing words: Ebola. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:31:00 +0000 Marc Silver 56621 at http://wkar.org Ebola Invades 'The New York Times' Sunday Crossword The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever http://wkar.org/post/most-astonishing-wave-tracking-experiment-ever I'm standing on a beach and I see, a few hundred yards out, a mound of water heading right at me. It's not a wave, not yet, but a swollen patch of ocean, like the top of a moving beach ball, what sailors call a "swell." As it gets closer, its bottom hits the rising shore below, forcing the water up, then over, sending it tumbling onto the beach, a tongue of foam coming right up to my toes — and that's when I look down, as the wave melts into the sand and I say,<p>"Hi, I'm from New York. But what about you? Where are you from?"<p>Yes, I'm asking a wave to tell me where it was born. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Robert Krulwich 56622 at http://wkar.org The Most Astonishing Wave-Tracking Experiment Ever Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of http://wkar.org/post/congress-latest-death-match-involves-bank-youve-never-heard It sits in an imposing building just across Lafayette Square from the White House. Yet the Export-Import Bank, which has been offering credit to foreign purchasers of U.S. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 09:19:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 56623 at http://wkar.org Congress' Latest Death Match Involves A Bank You've Never Heard Of Truckers Strike At LA Port, While Dock Worker Talks Continue http://wkar.org/post/truckers-strike-la-port-while-dock-worker-talks-continue Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Kelly McEvers. There's been tension this week at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Mind you, this is the largest port complex in the U.S. A place where 40 percent of the cargo arriving to the country passes through. More than 100 short-haul truck drivers at the ports are on strike. These are the guys who move cargo off of container ships and into warehouses and rail yards. Many of them work as independent contractors, meaning they have to pay for their own vehicles and they don't get benefits. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 56620 at http://wkar.org Heading Home To Ohio, LeBron Returns To Cleveland Cavaliers http://wkar.org/post/heading-home-ohio-lebron-returns-cleveland-cavaliers Four years after famously leaving, NBA superstar LeBron James has decided to return to the team where he started his professional career. Many fans in Cleveland say they're excited to have him back. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 editor 56619 at http://wkar.org Tommy Ramone, Co-Founder Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://wkar.org/post/tommy-ramone-co-founder-ramones-dies-65 Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, has died at age 65. The drummer was the last living member of the legendary punk band he helped create. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 56618 at http://wkar.org Looking For Free Sperm, Women May Turn To Online Forums http://wkar.org/post/looking-free-sperm-women-may-turn-online-forums Commercial sperm banks have operated in the U.S. since the early 1970s. Today, women who can afford to use them tend do so without stigma. But banks are no longer the only source for women hoping to get pregnant.<p>There are informal, unregulated websites popping up where men who are willing to donate their sperm for free can meet women who are hoping to have a baby.<p>The most established sperm donation website in the U.S., the Known Donor Registry, launched in 2010. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:54:00 +0000 Rebecca Hersher 56617 at http://wkar.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount http://wkar.org/post/afghan-presidential-candidates-agree-full-recount Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.<p>The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.<p>Kerry said it would be the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the ballots possible. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56616 at http://wkar.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs http://wkar.org/post/fresh-air-weekend-richard-linklater-strand-oaks-and-brian-krebs Fresh Air Weekend<em> highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:</em><p><strong>Filmed Over 12 Years, 'Boyhood' Follows A Kid's Coming Of Age:</strong> Writer-director Richard Linklater says picking the film's star was vital because he had to guess what he'd be like at 18. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:24:00 +0000 editor 56615 at http://wkar.org Fresh Air Weekend: Richard Linklater, Strand Of Oaks And Brian Krebs Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash http://wkar.org/post/tracy-morgan-sues-wal-mart-over-truck-limousine-crash Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/07/319717577/actor-tracy-morgan-injured-in-a-car-accident-in-new-jersey">his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck</a> going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence.<p>The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56614 at http://wkar.org Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares http://wkar.org/post/cdc-closes-two-labs-after-anthrax-flu-scares Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.<p>The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/20/324077444/cdc-says-more-workers-potentially-exposed-to-live-anthrax">possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56613 at http://wkar.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad http://wkar.org/post/iraq-airlifting-volunteer-reinforcements-ramadi <strong>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.<p>The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."<p>"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs," an unidentified police officer told Reuters. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56612 at http://wkar.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty http://wkar.org/post/mothers-essay-challenges-assumptions-about-poverty The stereotype of the so-called welfare queen driving a luxury car while leaching off of society is an enduring one.<p>Darlena Cunha takes on this idea <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps/">in a personal essay</a> published Tuesday by <em>The Washington Post</em>. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 56610 at http://wkar.org A Mother's Essay Challenges Assumptions About Poverty Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath http://wkar.org/post/searching-stress-relief-try-feeling-your-breath Many Americans are swamped with stress, but there may be ways to ease the tension without changing the circumstances.<p>Almost half of all adults say they've experienced a major stressful event in the past year, according to a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/07/327322187/stressed-out-americans-tell-us-about-stress-in-their-lives">poll</a> conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health.<p>Meditation can help people cope, says author Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass.<p>Salzberg teaches "min Sat, 12 Jul 2014 14:18:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56611 at http://wkar.org Searching For Stress Relief? Try Feeling Your Breath Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples http://wkar.org/post/utah-seeks-block-benefits-married-same-sex-couples Utah's attorney general says he will appeal to the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56609 at http://wkar.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD http://wkar.org/post/brooklyn-da-shifts-stance-pot-wont-impact-nypd Marijuana enthusiasts should still think twice before lighting up in the streets of Brooklyn.<p>The borough's district attorney announced this week that he'll no longer prosecute most low-level marijuana possession cases. But not all law enforcement officials in New York City are on board. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:04:00 +0000 Joel Rose 56608 at http://wkar.org Brooklyn DA Shifts Stance On Pot, But That Won't Impact NYPD Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://wkar.org/post/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-ramones-dies-62 Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tamás Erdélyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/04/03/135087738/the-ramones-live-26-songs-in-54-minutes">The Ramones</a>, has died. He was 65.<p>An announcement on the band's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theramones?fref=ts">Facebook page</a> said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56603 at http://wkar.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 Cavaliers Fans Can Finally Make Peace WIth Their Old LeBron Jerseys http://wkar.org/post/cavalier-fans-can-finally-make-peace-their-old-lebron-jerseys From the basketball court to the soccer pitch, ESPN's Howard Bryant and NPR's Tamara Keith catch up on the latest news in sports. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 56607 at http://wkar.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory http://wkar.org/post/financial-scandals-tarnish-spanish-soccer-glory Many of the biggest stars in global soccer — Neymar, Messi, Ronaldo — play the regular season with club teams in Spain. Their marquee names have helped their Spanish teams get filthy rich. Real Madrid and FC Barcelona top <em>Forbes</em> magazine's list of<a href="http://www.realmadrid.com/en/news/2014/05/forbes-names-real-madrid-as-the-most-valuable-sports-club-in-the-world-for-the-second-year-running"> the world's richest sports franchises</a>. You have to scroll down to No. 4 to find the New York Yankees, and NFL teams below that.<p>This, in a country with roughly one-sixth of the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:08:00 +0000 editor 56604 at http://wkar.org Financial Scandals Tarnish Spanish Soccer Glory People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit http://wkar.org/post/people-asked-stress-psychologist-just-about-everything-reddit We've been asking Americans about stress in their lives.<p>On Friday, the tables were turned when Dr. Lynn Bufka, a licensed psychologist with expertise in treating anxiety, stress and related problems, came to NPR to take questions on Reddit about coping with stress.<p>Bufka, who works at the American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C., is on Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/drbufka">@DrBufka</a>.<p>She said that the questions during the "Ask Me Anything" session were common issues that her patients ask about all the time. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 editor 56606 at http://wkar.org People Asked A Stress Psychologist Just About Everything On Reddit What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago http://wkar.org/post/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-chicago We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 56605 at http://wkar.org What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza http://wkar.org/post/death-toll-rises-120-israeli-airstrikes-gaza <strong>This post updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.<p>Hamas issued a warning that it would target Tel Aviv at 9 p.m. Saturday night and rockets were fired from Gaza right about that time, NPR's Emily Harris says. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56595 at http://wkar.org Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting http://wkar.org/post/governors-talk-infrastructure-annual-meeting The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 56600 at http://wkar.org Rio's Statue Is Restored, But Brazil Team's Redemption Still Ahead http://wkar.org/post/rios-statue-restored-brazil-teams-redemption-still-ahead Restoration work on Rio's famed "Christ the Redeemer" statue is now complete. But can Brazil get redemption after not making it to the World Cup finals? Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 editor 56599 at http://wkar.org