Mark Memmott http://hppr.org en Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 http://hppr.org/post/tragedy-atop-world-everest-avalanche-kills-least-12 At least 12 Sherpa guides died Friday on Nepal's side of Mount Everest when an avalanche buried them on the world's tallest mountain.<p>The death toll may go higher: <a href="http://www.thehimalayantimes.com/fullNews.php?headline=At+least+12+killed+in+Everest+avalanche&NewsID=412101" target="_blank"><em>The Himalayan Times</em> reports</a> that while 12 bodies have been recovered, an additional body "has been sighted buried in the snow," and that as the day ended another five Sherpas were still missing. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30635 at http://hppr.org Tragedy Atop The World: Everest Avalanche Kills At Least 12 As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface http://hppr.org/post/rescue-efforts-continue-korean-ferry-sinks-below-surface As darkness fell Friday in the Yellow Sea off South Korea's southern coast, there was still no good news to report about efforts to determine if any of the nearly 270 people missing since a passenger ferry capsized Wednesday might still be alive inside the sunken ship.<p>The overturned ship's keel, which had been floating just above the surface of the water, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/04/18/transcript-shows-ferry-captain-delayed-evacuation/" target="_blank">disappeared below the waves at day's end</a>. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30631 at http://hppr.org As Rescue Efforts Continue, Korean Ferry Sinks Below Surface One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water http://hppr.org/post/one-mans-pee-pushes-portland-flush-38-million-gallons-water <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wXnTtKKSrg</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30596 at http://hppr.org One Man's Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain http://hppr.org/post/fate-girls-abducted-nigeria-now-uncertain This post was updated at 5:50 p.m. ET.<p>NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports that Nigeria's defense ministry has retracted its earlier claim that they missing schoolgirls were free.<p>"[A] report was filed in from the field indicating that a major breakthrough had been recorded in the search," the ministry said in a statement. <p>"There was no reason to doubt this official channel, hence the information was released to the public immediately," it said. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:45:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30587 at http://hppr.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm http://hppr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-diplomats-meet-putin-admits-russias-role-crimea <h6>This post was updated with a new top at 4:10 p.m. ET.</h6><p>Diplomats from the U.S., Ukraine, Russia and the European Union emerged Thursday from a meeting that wasn't expected to accomplish much saying they had made progress toward resolving the crisis in Ukraine.<p>"We worked hard and we worked in good faith in order to narrow our real differences," Secretary of State John Kerry said following the meeting in Geneva. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30585 at http://hppr.org Ukraine Crisis: Russia Endorses Call For Protesters To Disarm Weekly Jobless Claims Stay Near 7-Year Low http://hppr.org/post/jobless-claims-stay-near-7-year-low There were 304,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up just 2,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 302,000, <a href="http://www.dol.gov/ui/data.pdf" target="_blank">the Employment and Training Administration said Thursday</a>.<p>The scant increase means claims continued to run near their lowest pace since May 2007 — seven months before the economy slipped into its latest recession. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30586 at http://hppr.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance http://hppr.org/post/putin-tells-snowden-russia-doesnt-do-mass-surveillance <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1yH554emkY</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:31:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30584 at http://hppr.org Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn't Do Mass Surveillance No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster http://hppr.org/post/no-sign-yet-hundreds-missing-after-south-korean-ferry-disaster <h6>This post will be updated as news comes in.</h6><p>A second day of dangerous efforts to reach any survivors has ended with still no sign of the nearly 300 people — most of them high school students — believed to be trapped aboard a South Korean ferry that has capsized in the Yellow Sea.<p>South Korean coast guard authorities said Thursday that divers have not been able to get into any of the cabins aboard the overturned ship, the Sewol. Bad weather and rough seas are said to be hampering the search efforts. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30582 at http://hppr.org No Sign Yet Of Hundreds Missing After South Korean Ferry Disaster Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says http://hppr.org/post/boston-bombing-defendant-can-see-victims-autopsy-photos-judge-says A federal judge said Wednesday that Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may see autopsy photos of the three people who died after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/177378595/boston-marathon-explosions" target="_blank">explosions near the finish line of last year's race</a>.<p>District Judge George O'Toole "rejected a claim by the government that Tsarnaev should not see the photos because it would disturb the families of the victims," <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/boston-bombing-anniversary/tsarnaev-can-view-victim-autopsy-photos-judge-n81996" target="_blank">NBC Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:05:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30542 at http://hppr.org Boston Bombing Defendant Can See Victims' Autopsy Photos, Judge Says Most Of The Dozens Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Reportedly Free http://hppr.org/post/dozens-girls-abducted-nigeria-militants-blamed <strong>9:45 a.m. ET, April 17:</strong> The latest developments have changed this story. We've put up a news post with this headline: <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/17/304072807/fate-of-girls-abducted-in-nigeria-now-uncertain" target="_blank">Fate Of Girls Abducted In Nigeria Now Uncertain</a>.<p><strong>Our post from April 16:</strong><p>Most of the 100 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped have been freed, Nigeria's military reports. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30536 at http://hppr.org 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident http://hppr.org/post/43-year-old-cold-case-closed-south-dakota-girls-died-accident Families and friends who have wondered since 1971 about what happened to two South Dakota girls now have some closure.<p>Authorities said Tuesday that they believe Pamela Jackson and Cheryl Miller died when their 1960 Studebaker Lark accidentally went off a gravel road and into a local creek. "All the evidence would appear to indicate an accident," South Dakota Attorney Gen. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30534 at http://hppr.org 43-Year-Old Cold Case Closed: South Dakota Girls Died In Accident In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side http://hppr.org/post/ukraine-reports-soldiers-switching-pro-russia-side Confusion continues to reign in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia gunmen remain in control of many government offices even as the Ukrainian military sends in troops, tanks and armed aircraft in an attempt to dislodge them.<p>According to NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in eastern Ukraine, locals who are pushing to separate from the central government and join the Russian Federation claim that at least some Ukrainian troops are refusing to move against them.<p>In the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/16/303640418/the-latest-from-eastern-ukraine" target="_blank">Ari reported on<em Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30532 at http://hppr.org In Ukraine: Reports Of Soldiers Switching To Pro-Russia Side Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident http://hppr.org/post/hundreds-missing-after-ferry-sinks-south-korea-coast <h6>This post is being updated as news comes in.</h6><p>Unsuccessful in their attempts to find the missing in a sunken ferry off the southern coast of South Korea overnight, rescue divers resumed their search at day break Thursday, Jason Strother reports from Seoul.<p>A day after the boat began to sink, the cause of the accident is unclear and less than half of the passengers who were on board have been rescued, Strother tells NPR's Newscast Desk.<p>Most of those unaccounted for are high school students who were on a trip to a resort island.<p>The ship, which left the city of Incheon on South Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30531 at http://hppr.org Rescue Crews Dive For Hundreds Still Missing After Ferry Accident Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps http://hppr.org/post/think-you-can-mail-your-taxes-midnight-think-again-gramps One of the least imaginative, but always popular, stories for an editor to assign in years past was the annual Tax Day frenzy at the local post office.<p>Younger Two-Way readers may not know this, but before e-filing was the thing to do, many procrastinators would wait until the last possible moment to finish their federal tax returns. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30496 at http://hppr.org Think You Can Mail Your Taxes At Midnight? Think Again, Gramps Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center http://hppr.org/post/berlusconi-ordered-do-community-service-senior-center Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was ordered Tuesday to spend at least four hours a week for the next year doing community service at a center for the elderly, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As she says, the ruling comes more than eight months after <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/01/207949307/italys-high-court-affirms-berlusconis-tax-fraud-conviction" target="_blank">Berlusconi was convicted</a> "for masterminding a complex tax fraud at his TV network." While Berlusconi was given a four-year prison sentence, that was later commuted to one- Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30492 at http://hppr.org Berlusconi Ordered To Do Community Service At Senior Center An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling http://hppr.org/post/idiot-gun-leaves-families-kansas-reeling <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUpXMhnamvo</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gwkSqr5mOg</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H20HZQEkW_k</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:13:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30490 at http://hppr.org An 'Idiot With A Gun' Leaves Families In Kansas Reeling Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters http://hppr.org/post/ukrainian-military-moves-against-pro-russia-protesters Ukraine's acting president says his nation's military has begun "an anti-terrorist operation" aimed at pushing armed pro-Russia demonstrators out of the government buildings in eastern Ukraine that they have occupied for several days.<p>The effort appears to have begun in the city of Slovyansk, <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/15/303172291/ukraine-military-begins-to-move-against-pro-russian-separatists" target="_blank">NPR's Ari Shapiro said Tuesday on <em>Morning Edition</em></a>, though by early evening in Ukraine it was still unclear what — if anything — had happened. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:28:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30488 at http://hppr.org Ukrainian Military Says It Is Moving Against Pro-Russia Protesters Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' http://hppr.org/post/did-you-see-it-if-not-heres-blood-moon There were "whistles, cheers and howls" early Tuesday on the grounds of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles as the moon turned red during a total lunar eclipse.<p>As <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-total-lunar-eclipse-blood-moon-crowds-20140414,0,664365.story#axzz2yriYmIs4" target="_blank">the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> adds</a>, "Telescopes dotting the lawn pointed upward and southward, as the moon hovered above the observatory" and visitors who had packed the grassy lawn "scrambled toward the front of Griffith Observatory, pointing up at the reddening moon."<p>The vi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30485 at http://hppr.org Did You See It? If Not, Here's The 'Blood Moon' Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea http://hppr.org/post/russian-attack-aircraft-buzzes-us-warship-black-sea The crisis in Ukraine has taken on even more of a Cold War-era feel after a Russian warplane made nearly a dozen low passes over the weekend of a U.S. destroyer that was sailing in the Black Sea.<p>Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, calls the Russian flybys "provocative and unprofessional," NPR's Tom Bowman reports.<p>According to the Pentagon, the Russian SU-24 attack aircraft came within several thousand feet of the USS Donald Cook on Saturday and ignored multiple radio warnings from the ship.<p>The Russian aircraft did not appear to be carrying bombs or missiles. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30446 at http://hppr.org Russian Attack Jet Repeatedly Overflies U.S. Warship In Black Sea Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages http://hppr.org/post/ohio-ordered-recognize-out-state-gay-marriages The state of Ohio was told by a federal judge Monday that it must recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other states, <a href="https://twitter.com/joingles/status/455723813490425856" target="_blank">Ohio Public Radio and TV's Jo Ingles reports</a>.<p>The decision follows similar rulings by federal judges in other states and was not a surprise. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30443 at http://hppr.org Ohio Ordered To Recognize Out-Of-State Gay Marriages Deficit Forecasts Shaved, But Likely Won't Shrink For Much Longer http://hppr.org/post/deficit-forecasts-shaved-likely-wont-shrink-much-longer The nonpartisan <a href="http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/45229-UpdatedBudgetProjections_2.pdf" target="_blank">Congressional Budget Office said Monday</a> that it expects the federal deficit will be about $22 billion less this fiscal year than previously thought, and about $9 billion less than had been anticipated next year.<p>"But if current laws do not change," CBO warned, "the period of shrinking deficits will soon come to an end. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:32:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30438 at http://hppr.org Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed http://hppr.org/post/search-jet-goes-underwater-oil-slick-also-being-analyzed On Day 38, the latest developments in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a> come from the surface of the Indian Ocean and more than 2 miles beneath on the sea floor.<p><strong>-- Search Goes Below.</strong> "Underwater vehicle Bluefin-21 deployed to find plane's wreckage." (<a href="http://www.smh.com.au/national/search-for-mh370-underwater-vehicle-bluefin21-deployed-to-find-planes-wreckage-20140414-36n2k.html" target="_blank"><em>The Sydney Morning Herald</em></a>)<p>"Searchers are about to send Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:44:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30436 at http://hppr.org Search For Jet Goes Underwater; Oil Slick Also Being Analyzed Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria http://hppr.org/post/dozens-dead-scores-injured-after-bomb-blast-nigeria A rush-hour bomb blast Monday at a bus station near Nigeria's capital and other explosions that followed are thought to have killed more than 70 people and injured more than 120.<p>An Islamist group that believes Western education is sinful and takes other extremist stands is being blamed.<p>"Fingers are being pointed at Boko Haram, the terrorist network that has been threatening to attack Nigeria's capital," NPR's <a href="http://www.npr.org/people/4513318/ofeibea-quist-arcton" target="_blank">Ofeibea Quist-Arcton</a> tells our Newscast Desk.<p>She adds: "Three years ago, Boko Haram claimed r Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30435 at http://hppr.org Dozens Dead, Scores Injured After Bomb Blast In Nigeria In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow http://hppr.org/post/ukraine-pro-russia-occupiers-stay-put-war-fears-grow "A deadline set by the Ukrainian government for pro-Russian gunmen to leave government buildings in eastern Ukraine and surrender weapons passed early Monday," <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/14/302857262/kiev-deadline-for-disarming-in-east-ukraine-passes" target="_blank">The Associated Press writes</a>, "with no immediate sign of any action to force the insurgents out."<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro, who is in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, reminds our Newscast Desk that Ukraine's government has promised it will use force, if necessary, in a bid to regain control. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:38:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30434 at http://hppr.org In Ukraine: Pro-Russia Occupiers Defy Deadline, War Fears Grow 'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings http://hppr.org/post/suspect-killings-kansas-city-jewish-sites-linked-kkk <h6>(This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.)</h6><p>The man who shot and killed three people Sunday near Kansas City will face federal hate crime charges for the attacks at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement home, authorities said Monday.<p>"This was a hate crime," Overland Park, Kan., Police Chief John Douglass told reporters at a midday news conference.<p>Frazier Glenn Cross, also known as Glenn Miller, is already in jail. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30431 at http://hppr.org 'This Was A Hate Crime,' Police Say Of Kansas City-Area Killings Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies http://hppr.org/post/singer-songwriter-jesse-winchester-dies <a href="http://www.jessewinchester.com/index.html" target="_blank">Jesse Winchester</a>, whose "blend of folk, blues and country ... <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=106087894" target="_blank">embodies the spirit of American music</a>," has died.<p>His manager, Keith Case, tells NPR's Jacob Ganz that Winchester died Friday morning in Charlottesville, Va., where he lived. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:52:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30345 at http://hppr.org 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says http://hppr.org/post/i-knew-it-wouldnt-be-easy-outgoing-health-secretary-sebelius-says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has borne the brunt of criticism for the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website, said Friday that as she prepares to leave that agency she is thankful to have had the chance to work on "the cause of my life."<p>Her agency, Sebelius said, has been "in the front lines of a long overdue national change — fixing a broken health system."<p>President Obama, at a White House ceremony in which he formally announced <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/10/301581202/reports-health-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-is-resigning" Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30341 at http://hppr.org 'I Knew It Wouldn't Be Easy,' Outgoing Health Secretary Sebelius Says Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness http://hppr.org/post/pope-francis-asks-abuse-victims-forgiveness <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/174237289/pope-francis" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> asked Friday for forgiveness from the victims of pedophile priests in some of his strongest words to date about the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that:<p><blockquote><p>"The pope has come under fire from advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the issue.<p>"Friday, in off-the-cuff remarks to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, Francis said he felt compelled to take it upon himself to ask forgiveness for the evil that some priests Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30338 at http://hppr.org Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness Optimism, But No Breakthrough In Search For Malaysian Jet http://hppr.org/post/optimism-no-breakthrough-search-malaysian-jet Hopes were both raised and lowered Friday by officials involved in the <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/291409377/malaysia-airlines-jet-crash" target="_blank">search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30337 at http://hppr.org Optimism, But No Breakthrough In Search For Malaysian Jet VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton; No Harm Done http://hppr.org/post/video-woman-throws-shoe-hillary-clinton-no-harm-done <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16T6UJW5oWY</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 30334 at http://hppr.org VIDEO: Woman Throws Shoe At Hillary Clinton; No Harm Done