Scott Neuman http://hppr.org en Chinese High-Rise Worker Left Dangling After Annoyed Boy Cuts Rope http://hppr.org/post/chinese-high-rise-worker-left-dangling-after-annoyed-boy-cuts-rope A worker in southern China was left hanging from 100 feet up the side of a high-rise apartment building when a 10-year-old boy, apparently annoyed at the construction racket outside his window, decided to cut the safety line on the man's rappelling apparatus.<p>Xinhua says the boy was watching cartoons in his eighth-floor apartment in Guizhou province as the worker was outside installing lighting. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36530 at http://hppr.org Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years http://hppr.org/post/holiday-gas-prices-lowest-four-years Some good news heading into the long weekend: Labor Day gas prices are at their lowest level in four years.<p>The <a href="http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=17771">U.S. Energy Information Administration</a> says the nationwide average for retail regular was $3.45 per gallon on Aug. 25 — that's the lowest average price for a Monday ahead of Labor Day since 2010, and it's about $0.25 per gallon less than at the end of June this year. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36520 at http://hppr.org Holiday Gas Prices Lowest In Four Years Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses http://hppr.org/post/malaysia-airlines-cuts-third-its-workforce-after-steep-losses For Malaysia Airlines, the tragic loss of two of its aircraft with all passengers and crew in recent months has hardly been the extent of its problems: On Thursday, the carrier announced a steep quarterly loss, and today came word that it is cutting nearly a third of its workforce.<p>The airline said it would lay off 6,000 employees, or about 30 percent of its 20,000-strong workforce a day after it <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/29/business/malaysia-airlines-financial-losses-grow.html?_r=0">reported a loss in the quarter ending June</a> of $97.6 million, on top of a first-quarter loss Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36514 at http://hppr.org Malaysia Airlines Cuts A Third Of Its Workforce After Steep Losses Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat http://hppr.org/post/britain-raises-terror-alert-level-cites-no-specific-threat British Prime Minister David Cameron is warning that the threat to the U.K. from international terrorism is "greater and deeper" than ever before, as London raised its terror warning level in response to what it said were plans by the Islamic State and other extremist groups to attack the West.<p>The U.K. ratcheted up the alert to "severe," which is the second-highest of five levels and indicates the risk of an attack is considered "highly likely." However, it's important to note that authorities have not offered evidence of a specific or immediate plot. Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36512 at http://hppr.org Britain Raises Terror Alert Level, But Cites No Specific Threat Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge http://hppr.org/post/volcanoes-iceland-papua-new-guinea-keep-residents-edge <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK3e5j1WYRk</p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36508 at http://hppr.org Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins http://hppr.org/post/scientists-study-how-we-evolved-stand-our-own-two-fins <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajOkXJA_Wu4</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36473 at http://hppr.org Scientists Study How We Evolved To Stand On Our Own Two Fins State Department 'Looking Into' Reports Of Another Jihadi Killed In Syria http://hppr.org/post/state-department-looking-reports-another-jihadi-killed-syria After U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36469 at http://hppr.org State Department 'Looking Into' Reports Of Another Jihadi Killed In Syria Murder Charges Dismissed Against Former Top Thai Leaders http://hppr.org/post/murder-charges-dismissed-against-former-top-thai-leaders A court in Thailand has dismissed murder charges against a former prime minister and his deputy <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/13/262062451/thailands-opposition-launches-mass-rallies-to-close-bangkok">who led anti-government protests</a> that triggered a coup toppling the elected government in May.<p>Thailand's Criminal Court ruled Thursday that it did not have jurisdiction in the case against former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban.<p>As Abhisit's deputy, Suthep was in charge of security and ordered a <a href="http://www Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36466 at http://hppr.org Murder Charges Dismissed Against Former Top Thai Leaders China Warns U.S. Over Surveillance Flights http://hppr.org/post/china-warns-us-over-surveillance-flights Beijing has rejected U.S. claims that one of its fighter jets acted recklessly in intercepting a U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:59:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36463 at http://hppr.org China Warns U.S. Over Surveillance Flights Russian Hackers Reportedly Hit JPMorgan, Other Banks http://hppr.org/post/russian-hackers-reportedly-hit-jpmorgan-other-banks The FBI says it's working with the Secret Service to investigate reports that Russian hackers breached security at JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions, stealing customers' account information in possible retaliation for U.S. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36462 at http://hppr.org Russian Hackers Reportedly Hit JPMorgan, Other Banks Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa http://hppr.org/post/ebola-outbreak-reportedly-spreads-central-africa Two Ebola-related deaths have emerged in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's health ministry says. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36306 at http://hppr.org Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012 http://hppr.org/post/al-qaidas-syrian-affiliate-frees-us-journalist-held-2012 <em><strong>Updated at 5:05 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>A week after the gruesome beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, another extremist group, the official al-Qaida affiliate operating in Syria, has quietly freed another U.S. journalist held for nearly two years.<p>Peter Theo Curtis, 45, originally from Boston, has been handed over to a United Nations representative. He was abducted near the Syria-Turkey border in Oct. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36304 at http://hppr.org Al-Qaida's Syrian Affiliate Frees U.S. Journalist Held Since 2012 Rap Mogul 'Suge' Knight Shot At West Hollywood Nightclub http://hppr.org/post/rap-mogul-suge-knight-shot-west-hollywood-nightclub Marion "Suge" Knight, the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder of Death Row Records, whose artists included Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, was reportedly shot multiple times at a West Hollywood nightclub.<p>NPR's Nathan Rott reports that Knight is out of surgery, but there were no other immediate details of his condition.<p>The gunshots rang out at the 10AK nightclub about 1:30 a.m. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 17:26:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36303 at http://hppr.org Rap Mogul 'Suge' Knight Shot At West Hollywood Nightclub British Ambassador: 'We Are Close' To Identifying Foley's Killer http://hppr.org/post/british-ambassador-we-are-close-identifying-foleys-killer The U.K.'s ambassador to the United States says that Britain is close to being able to identify the Islamic State militant who carried out last week's beheading of American journalist James Foley.<p>"We are close," Peter Westmacott <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/24/world/meast/isis-james-foley/">tells CNN</a> today.<p>Foley's murder was shown in a video released by the Islamic State, an al-Qaida-inspired group that is also referred to as either ISIS or ISIL. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36300 at http://hppr.org British Ambassador: 'We Are Close' To Identifying Foley's Killer Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day, Pledges $3 Billion For Army http://hppr.org/post/ukraine-celebrates-independence-day-pledges-3-billion-army Ukraine is marking its independence day with a military parade in Kiev intended to send a symbolic message to Russia, which annexed Crimea earlier this year and has actively supported separatist militias.<p>As part of the parade in the Ukrainian capital, which marks the country's 23rd anniversary since breaking away from Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union, President Petro Poroshenko announced nearly $3 billion in new spending to re-equip the arming after what he called an "exhausting" campaign against the rebels.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28916768">According to Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36298 at http://hppr.org Ukraine Celebrates Independence Day, Pledges $3 Billion For Army Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning http://hppr.org/post/iceland-lowers-volcano-warning Iceland is lowering the threat level on its Bardarbunga volcano. As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/23/342689132/iceland-ups-aviation-warning-as-volcano-rumbles">we reported on Saturday</a>, the warning had been raised to its highest level — red. Now, scientists in the island nation have ratcheted it down to orange.<p>Reuters reports:<p>"The decision came after the office said on its website earlier on Sunday that there were no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 13:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36296 at http://hppr.org Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif. http://hppr.org/post/strong-early-morning-quake-rocks-san-francisco-area <em><strong>Updated at 8:30 p.m. ET</strong></em><p>Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown has made an emergency declaration after a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked northern California, causing dozens of injuries, damaged buildings and power outages. The quake struck at 3:20 a.m. PT, the <a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/nc72282711#summary">U.S. Geological Survey</a> says.<p>"The declaration means we've exhausted our resources and need help from the outside," Napa City Manager Mike Parnass told reporters at a news conference. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36289 at http://hppr.org State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif. Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police http://hppr.org/post/obama-orders-review-transfers-military-surplus-local-police President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs that supply local law enforcement agencies with military weapons and equipment after concerns over how the police handled unrest in Ferguson, Mo., in the aftermath of the shooting death of Michael Brown.<p>A senior Obama administration official says the president "whether state and local law enforcement are provided with the necessary training and guidance; and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of equipment obtained through federal programs and funding."<p>The official also says the review would include inpu Sat, 23 Aug 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman & Steve Mullis 36282 at http://hppr.org Obama Orders Review Of Transfers Of Military Surplus To Local Police WATCH: Shark Vs. Grouper. Shark Loses. http://hppr.org/post/watch-shark-vs-grouper-shark-loses <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O37HI_AX9nY</p> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36278 at http://hppr.org WATCH: Shark Vs. Grouper. Shark Loses. Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 http://hppr.org/post/veteran-space-shuttle-astronaut-steven-nagel-dies-67 Astronaut Steven Nagel, who flew on four space shuttle missions in the 1980s and 90s, including two as mission commander, has died after a long battle with cancer, NASA confirms.<p>Nagel, an Air Force pilot who had logged many hours in fighter jets and as a test pilot, joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 in the first crop of trainees selected for the space shuttle program.<p>Although trained as a shuttle pilot, Nagel's first mission, aboard <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/archives/sts-51G.html">STS-51G</a> (Discovery) in June 1985, was as a mission specia Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36277 at http://hppr.org Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67 Iceland Ups Aviation Warning As Volcano Rumbles http://hppr.org/post/iceland-ups-aviation-warning-volcano-rumbles Iceland today raised an aviation alert level to reflect growing concern over underground rumblings at its <a href="http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams/bardarbunga/">Bardarbunga</a> volcano in the central part of the island nation.<p>A sub-glacial eruption caused Icelandic authorities to raise the aviation alert level to red, indicating "significant emission of ash into the atmosphere," The Associated Press reports.<p>The AP notes: "Seismic data indicated that lava from the volcano was melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer sai Sat, 23 Aug 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36273 at http://hppr.org Iceland Ups Aviation Warning As Volcano Rumbles U.N. Warns Of 'Possible Massacre' In Northeastern Iraq http://hppr.org/post/un-warns-possible-massacre-northeastern-iraq <em><strong>Updated at 3:10 p.m. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36271 at http://hppr.org U.N. Warns Of 'Possible Massacre' In Northeastern Iraq Photo Released Of Chinese Fighter That Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane http://hppr.org/post/photo-released-chinese-fighter-buzzed-us-navy-plane The Pentagon has released a photo of the Chinese fighter jet it says made a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36270 at http://hppr.org Photo Released Of Chinese Fighter That Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane Another Peaceful Night In Ferguson http://hppr.org/post/another-peaceful-night-ferguson Relative calm and restraint prevailed for a third consecutive night on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., as confrontations subside between authorities and those protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/streets-ferguson-stay-calm-after-violent-nights">The Associated Press</a> reports: "A small stream of protesters marched in the St. Louis suburb as night fell Friday, but instead of confrontations with police, several stopped to talk one-on-one with officers about the Aug. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36269 at http://hppr.org Another Peaceful Night In Ferguson Russian Convoy Leaves Ukraine After Reportedly Delivering Aid http://hppr.org/post/russian-convoy-leaves-ukraine-after-reportedly-delivering-aid Russia's foreign ministry says a convoy that crossed into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine has delivered its humanitarian cargo and is heading home.<p>Dozens of white trucks, which had been sitting near the border inside Russian territory for more than a week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/08/22/342403316/russian-convoy-crosses-ukraine-border-despite-kievs-protests">suddenly got underway on Friday and moved across the border to Luhansk</a>, despite strenuous objections from Kiev and the international community. U.S. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36267 at http://hppr.org Russian Convoy Leaves Ukraine After Reportedly Delivering Aid Suicide Bombing In Iraq Kills Dozens Of Sunni Worshippers http://hppr.org/post/suicide-bombing-iraq-kills-dozens-sunni-worshippers Dozens of Sunnis attending a mosque for Friday prayers have been killed in a suicide attack in Iraq's eastern Diyala province — the latest sectarian violence to hit the deeply divided country.<p>The Associated Press says at least 64 people were killed in the suicide bombing, which was followed up by gunmen who attacked the mosque where Sunni tribesmen who had rebuffed cooperation with Islamic State militants were attending Friday prayers.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28900340">The BBC says</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Diyala province has seen heavy fighting in recent weeks be Fri, 22 Aug 2014 20:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36243 at http://hppr.org White House: Islamic State Has 'Gained Capacity' In Recent Months http://hppr.org/post/white-house-islamic-state-has-gained-capacity-recent-months Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says the beheading of an American journalist by Islamic State militants this week is tantamount to a terrorist attack on the United States and that it comes as the al-Qaida-inspired extremist group has "gained capacity in the last several months."<p>In response to a question from a reporter at an afternoon briefing, Rhodes said the U.S. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36241 at http://hppr.org Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept' http://hppr.org/post/chinese-fighter-buzzed-us-navy-plane-dangerous-intercept <strong>Update at 2:20 p.m. ET</strong><p>A Chinese fighter jet conducted what is being describing as a "dangerous intercept" of a U.S. Navy <a href="http://www.navair.navy.mil/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.display&key=CFD01141-CD4E-4DB8-A6B2-7E8FBFB31B86">P-8 Poseidon</a> in international waters off the island of Hainan in the South China Sea earlier this week, the Pentagon confirms.<p>Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the Chinese fighter's posture was "aggressive and unprofessional," making several passes under and alongside the U.S. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36239 at http://hppr.org Chinese Fighter Buzzed U.S. Navy Plane In 'Dangerous Intercept' Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted http://hppr.org/post/eggs-milk-and-ink-venezuela-wants-all-supermarket-shoppers-fingerprinted Attention Venezuelan shoppers: Please proceed to the supermarket checkout for fingerprinting.<p>That could be a reality if a plan announced earlier this week by the country's president, Nicolas Maduro, goes into effect.<p>The purpose? Combating shortages caused by rampant smuggling of subsidized food in Venezuela across the border into neighboring Colombia. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36230 at http://hppr.org Eggs, Milk And Ink: Venezuela Wants All Supermarket Shoppers Fingerprinted Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests http://hppr.org/post/russian-convoy-crosses-ukraine-border-despite-kievs-protests <em><strong>Update at 5:00 p.m. Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 36227 at http://hppr.org Russian Convoy Crosses Ukraine Border Despite Kiev's Protests