Scott Neuman http://wkar.org en California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman http://wkar.org/post/california-highway-patrol-probing-videotaped-beating-woman The California Highway Patrol says it is <a href="http://laist.com/2014/07/05/chp_investigate_officer_caught_on_c.php">investigating a video that shows an officer repeatedly punching a woman</a> after trying to stop her from walking into traffic.<p>As Reuters notes: "The video, which was taken by a passing motorist, posted online and broadcast by local television stations, has caused an outcry from community activists who say the officer used excessive force in the arrest on Tuesday."<p>After the officer spotted the barefoot woman walking along the shoulder and stepping into lanes of the 10 Fr Sun, 06 Jul 2014 19:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56282 at http://wkar.org California Highway Patrol Probing Videotaped Beating Of Woman Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title http://wkar.org/post/novak-djokovic-beats-roger-federer-wimbledon-title Novak Djokovic won his first Wimbledon championship in three years in a hard-fought contest that went five sets, denying Roger Federer's bid for a record eighth title.<p>Djokovic took the trophy in a 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/wimb/2014/07/06/novak-djokovic-roger-federer-wimbledon-final/12265945/">USA Today</a> says:<p><blockquote><p>"Djokovic was serving for the match at 5-3 in the fourth set but Federer broke him twice and won the set forcing the match to go the distance.<p>"In the final set, Federer, who served well all day, had t Sun, 06 Jul 2014 17:22:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56280 at http://wkar.org Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer For Wimbledon Title Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead http://wkar.org/post/separate-attacks-uganda-kenya-leave-dozens-dead <strong>This post was updated at 12:30 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 17 people were killed in Uganda in an attack by armed gunmen on three police stations in an area of the country that had once been the focus of an Islamic insurgency.<p>Meanwhile, the al-Qaida-linked group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for attacking on two coastal villages in Kenya that left at least 22 people dead. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56279 at http://wkar.org Separate Attacks In Uganda, Kenya Leave Dozens Dead Report: Most NSA-Intercepted Data From 'Ordinary Internet Users' http://wkar.org/post/report-most-nsa-intercepted-data-ordinary-internet-users A <em>Washington Post</em> <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-nsa-intercepted-data-those-not-targeted-far-outnumber-the-foreigners-who-are/2014/07/05/8139adf8-045a-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html">analysis of data provided by Edward Snowden</a> has revealed that nine out of 10 communications intercepted by the National Security Agency were from ordinary Internet users, not legally targeted foreigners. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 13:07:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56278 at http://wkar.org Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death http://wkar.org/post/israel-arrests-6-teens-death-holds-victims-us-cousin <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Israel has arrested six suspects in connection with <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/05/328845212/palestinian-teen-burned-alive-according-to-official">last week's killing of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir</a>. Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56268 at http://wkar.org Israel Arrests 6 Jewish Youths In Teen's Death American Teen Visiting Israel Reportedly Beaten By Police http://wkar.org/post/american-teen-visiting-israel-reportedly-beaten-police The U.S. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56262 at http://wkar.org Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals http://wkar.org/post/argentina-moves-world-cup-semifinals-after-beating-belgium The semifinals of the World Cup have been decided. Saturday's winners, Netherlands and Argentina, will meet each other on the field in Sao Paulo on Wednesday for a shot at the title.<p>The other half of that final match will be decided when Germany plays Brazil on Tuesday.<p><strong>Netherlands vs. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 19:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56260 at http://wkar.org Shootout Victory Sends Netherlands To World Cup Semifinals WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea http://wkar.org/post/watch-hurricane-arthur-30-miles-out-sea Although Hurricane Arthur appears to have <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/05/328802686/arthur-disrupts-july-4th-festivities-but-does-little-damage#commentBlock">spared the U.S. East Coast any major damage</a>, 100 mph winds are nothing to take lightly, especially 30 miles out to sea along the infamous Frying Pan Shoals south of Cape Hatteras.<p>Take a look at the video above of Arthur as it passed on Thursday over Frying Pan Tower, a one-time U.S. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56259 at http://wkar.org WATCH: Hurricane Arthur From 30 Miles Out At Sea Palestinian Teen 'Burned Alive,' According To Official http://wkar.org/post/palestinian-teen-burned-alive-according-official A preliminary autopsy of a teenage boy who Palestinians believe was kidnapped and murdered by Jewish extremists shows that he was burned alive, according to the Palestinian attorney general.<p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/06/world/middleeast/autopsy-suggests-palestinian-boy-was-burned-alive-reports-say.html?_r=0">The New York Times</a>, citing Mohammed Al A'wewy, says that soot was found in 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir's lungs, a sign that he was alive when his body was burned. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56257 at http://wkar.org Palestinian Teen 'Burned Alive,' According To Official Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children http://wkar.org/post/philadelphia-row-house-fire-kills-4-children A fire that swept through a stretch of Philadelphia row houses early today has killed four children in what the city's fire commissioner has described as a "tragic, tragic day."<p>The Associated Press reports that the fast-moving fire, which started just before 3 a.m. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 15:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56253 at http://wkar.org Philadelphia Row House Fire Kills 4 Children Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title http://wkar.org/post/czech-petra-kvitova-wins-wimbledon-title Czech Petra Kvitova beat Eugenie Bouchard in a lopsided victory to win a Grand Slam in the women's singles final at Wimbledon, besting her opponent 6-3 6-0.<p>The Associated Press says that in her match with Canadian Bouchard, Kvitova, who won the championship in 2011, "dominated play with her big serve, aggressive returns and flat groundstrokes."<p>The AP writes:<p><blockquote><p>"The Czech player broke serve three times, including in the final game of the set, which lasted 32 minutes."<p>"It's the first Grand Slam final between two players born in the 1990s. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 14:32:22 +0000 Scott Neuman 56251 at http://wkar.org Czech Petra Kvitova Wins Wimbledon Title Arthur Disrupts July 4th Festivities, But Does Little Damage http://wkar.org/post/arthur-disrupts-july-4th-festivities-does-little-damage The headline in <a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/04/hurricane-arthur-brings-rain-flooding-massachusetts/TzrTAAWKJtBwMWNFDkSU8N/story.html">The Boston Globe</a> sums it up: "Arthur douses, but does little damage."<p>The first hurricane of the season has raked the Atlantic seaboard from Florida to Massachusetts and is hitting the Canadian Maritimes as a tropical storm packing 60 mph winds. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56249 at http://wkar.org Arthur Disrupts July 4th Festivities, But Does Little Damage Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq http://wkar.org/post/indian-nurses-back-home-after-being-trapped-fighting-iraq More than 40 Indian nurses trapped since last month in the rebel-held city of Mosul have arrived back home.<p>According to The Associated Press, the Indian government organized an Air India plane to fly the nurses home from Irbil.<p>The AP says: "Outside the airport in Kochi [in India's southern state of Kerala], hundreds of friends and relatives of the women greeted them with hugs and flowers. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56250 at http://wkar.org Indian Nurses Back Home After Being Trapped By Fighting In Iraq Ukrainian Forces Retake Key Rebel Stronghold In East http://wkar.org/post/ukraine-forces-retake-key-rebel-stronghold-east Ukrainian troops have retaken the key stronghold of Slovyansk from pro-Russian forces in a sign that Kiev may be regaining control over the country's east, months after insurgents <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/16/303646309/in-ukraine-reports-of-soldiers-switching-to-pro-russia-side">swept through the region establishing a self-proclaimed independent republic.</a><p>The country's president, Petro Poroshenko, and a spokesman for the rebels confirmed that the city of 100,000 was back in government hands after a night of fighting. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:57:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56248 at http://wkar.org Ukrainian Forces Retake Key Rebel Stronghold In East SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications http://wkar.org/post/suntrust-settles-probe-mishandled-home-loan-modifications Atlanta-based SunTrust Mortgage Inc. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56198 at http://wkar.org Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea http://wkar.org/post/chinese-leaders-seoul-visit-seen-snub-north-korea In a sign that China and South Korea are moving closer together, possibly at North Korea's expense, Beijing and Seoul have said they are close to a free-trade deal and issued a joint statement that they firmly oppose nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula.<p>The announcement on Thursday comes amid North Korean missile tests and a visit to South Korea by Chinese leader Xi Jinping that carries with it an implied snub to Pyongyang: It's his first visit to the Korean Peninsula and the first that a Chinese head of state has stopped in the South before visiting the North.<p>What's more, North Korea Thu, 03 Jul 2014 18:23:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56180 at http://wkar.org Chinese Leader's Seoul Visit Seen As Snub To North Korea Woman Charged In Denver With Seeking To Aid Islamic Extremists http://wkar.org/post/woman-charged-denver-seeking-aid-islamic-extremists A 19-year-old Denver-area woman has been charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization after she was arrested in April boarding a flight that would ultimately land her in Syria, where she hoped to wage jihad, according to newly unsealed court documents.<p>According to the FBI, Shannon Maureen Conley told FBI agents that "she wanted to use her American military training from the <a href="http://www.armyexplorers.us/">U.S. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56165 at http://wkar.org Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border http://wkar.org/post/saudi-arabia-reportedly-moves-30000-troops-iraqi-border Amid reports that Saudi Arabia has deployed some 30,000 troops to its border with Iraq, President Obama has called King Abdullah to discuss the developments in the region.<p>Reuters quotes Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya television as saying the kingdom has deployed forces to its border after Iraqi troops abandoned their positions amid a Sunni-led insurgency.<p>According to Reuters:<p><blockquote><p>"The Dubai-based al-Arabiya said on its website that Saudi troops had fanned out into the border region after Iraqi government forces withdrew from their positions, leaving the Saudi and Syrian frontiers ex Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56158 at http://wkar.org Saudi Arabia Reportedly Moves 30,000 Troops To Iraqi Border Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97 http://wkar.org/post/olympian-wwii-hero-louis-zamperini-dies-97 Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who later survived the brutality of a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp after his bomber crashed in the Pacific, has died at age 97. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 56155 at http://wkar.org Olympian, WWII Hero Louis Zamperini Dies At 97 Ukraine Extends Cease-Fire With Pro-Russia Separatists http://wkar.org/post/ukraine-extends-cease-fire-pro-russia-separatists The Ukraine government today extended a weeklong cease-fire with pro-Russia separatists for another three days.<p>The announcement on President Petro Poroshenko's website said that Ukraine forces would stand down for an additional 72 hours, until 10 p.m. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55918 at http://wkar.org Armed Drones Over Baghdad To Protect U.S. Forces, Pentagon Says http://wkar.org/post/armed-drones-over-baghdad-protect-us-forces-pentagon-says The Pentagon says armed U.S. drones are in the skies over Baghdad, protecting American forces deploying there to assess the security situation amid a Sunni insurgency.<p>Unarmed reconnaissance drones have been flying 30 to 35 sorties per day for the past week or so.<p>The decision to begin arming some of the unmanned planes "is primarily for force protection reasons now that we have introduced into the country some military advisers whose objective will be to operate outside the confines of the embassy," the Defense Department's press secretary, Navy Rear Adm. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 22:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55917 at http://wkar.org Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment http://wkar.org/post/norway-does-ctrlaltdelete-e-voting-experiment After a two-year trial for Internet voting, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28055678">Norway is pulling the plug.</a><p>The country's Office of Modernization <a href="http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/kmd/pressesenter/pressemeldinger/2014/Ikke-flere-forsok-med-stemmegivning-over-Internett-.html?id=764300">said in a statement</a> that there's no evidence that online voting, tested in elections in 2011 and 2013, improved turnout. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:52:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55916 at http://wkar.org Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says http://wkar.org/post/iraq-coordination-iran-not-impossible-gen-dempsey-says In an interview with <em>All Things Considered</em>, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined to rule out coordination with Iran and Iranian-backed forces in Iraq. Dempsey also told NPR that one option in Iraq might involve U.S. air assets going after "high-value" individuals within the main Sunni insurgent group.<p>"One of the things we need to find out is whether Iran is embedded in and advising and supporting the Iraqi security forces," Dempsey said. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:39:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55914 at http://wkar.org In Iraq, Coordination With Iran Not Impossible, Gen. Dempsey Says GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected http://wkar.org/post/gm-stops-selling-late-model-chevy-cruzes-recall-expected General Motors has issued an order to stop selling 2013 and 2014 model years of the Chevrolet Cruze compact car because of air bags that might not inflate properly. The automaker has identified 33,000 vehicles, mostly in the U.S. and Canada, with the potential problem and is expected to recall those already sold.<p>"Certain vehicles may be equipped with a suspect driver's air bag inflator module that may have been assembled with an incorrect part," GM spokesman Jim Cain said in a statement. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55869 at http://wkar.org GM Stops Selling Late-Model Chevy Cruzes; Recall Expected Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels http://wkar.org/post/obama-asks-500-million-train-equip-syrian-rebels President Obama has asked Congress for $500 million to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels who are seeking the ouster of Bashar Assad.<p>If Congress approves the plan, it would supplement a covert training and assistance program already being run by U.S. intelligence agencies, The Associated Press says.<p>The White House says in a statement that the rebels would be vetted before providing assistance, to ensure that U.S. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55856 at http://wkar.org Obama Asks For $500 Million To Train, Equip Syrian Rebels Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says http://wkar.org/post/higher-pot-use-us-report-says Marijuana use in the United States has gone up as the public perception of the drug's risk has gone down, according to a new United Nations report. The potency of the drug has also increased,<p>The <a href="http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr2014/World_Drug_Report_2014_web.pdf">World Drug Report 2014</a>, put out by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, says that worldwide, the use of marijuana has decreased. "However, in the United States, the lower perceived risk of cannabis use has led to an increase in its use," the report states. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55852 at http://wkar.org Pot Use On The Rise In U.S., Report Says Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88 http://wkar.org/post/former-senate-majority-leader-howard-baker-dies-88 Tennessee Sen. Howard Baker, who served as Senate majority leader in the 1980s and chief of staff under President Ronald Reagan, has died at 88, <a href="http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2014/06/26/howard-baker-died/11406251/?sf27800173=%5B%22%5B%271%27%5D%22%5D">his law firm said Tuesday.</a><p>Baker died at his home on Thursday due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Saturday, according to the firm, where Baker was senior counsel. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55839 at http://wkar.org Former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Dies At 88 SOS Note, Prison ID Reportedly Found In Chinese-Made Pants http://wkar.org/post/sos-note-prison-id-reportedly-found-chinese-made-pants When Karen Wisinska finally got around to trying on a pair of pants she bought three years ago in her native Northern Ireland, what she says she found in a pocket was a handwritten "cry for help" from a Chinese prison sweatshop.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-28018137">The BBC says</a> she posted pictures of a prison identification card wrapped in a note headlined in English "SOS! SOS! SOS!" on Facebook and got a rough translation that shocked and sickened her. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55797 at http://wkar.org SOS Note, Prison ID Reportedly Found In Chinese-Made Pants Beijing Blasts U.S. Plan To Name Road By Embassy After Dissident http://wkar.org/post/china-plan-name-us-embassy-road-after-dissident-sheer-farce Beijing is fuming over a provision slipped into a State Department budget to change the name of the street fronting the Chinese Embassy in Washington to "Liu Xiaobo Plaza," in honor of the jailed dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.<p>The amendment, proposed by <a href="http://wolf.house.gov/">Virginia Republican Rep. Frank Wolf</a>, would change the name of the street currently known as International Place. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55775 at http://wkar.org Beijing Blasts U.S. Plan To Name Road By Embassy After Dissident Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana http://wkar.org/post/federal-judges-reverse-gay-marriage-bans-utah-indiana <strong>This post updated at 4:00 p.m. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 55772 at http://wkar.org Federal Judges Reverse Gay-Marriage Bans In Utah, Indiana