Scott Neuman http://kut.org en Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement http://kut.org/post/report-points-dangerous-militarization-us-law-enforcement U.S. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:51:46 +0000 Scott Neuman 10672 at http://kut.org Report Points To 'Dangerous Militarization' Of U.S. Law Enforcement Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener http://kut.org/post/sweet-revenge-us-bests-ghana-2-1-its-world-cup-opener The U.S. Men's National Team beat Ghana in the group stage of the World Cup, payback for losing to the Black Stars in the previous two World Cups.<p>Team USA captain Clint Dempsey surged past Ghana's John Boye to score 29 seconds after the start of the game, marking one of the fastest goals in World Cup history.<p>But about 20 minutes into the game, star center forward Jozy Altidore was taken off the field with a strained left hamstring, leaving the Americans short a top scorer. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:58:36 +0000 Scott Neuman 10621 at http://kut.org Sweet Revenge: U.S. Bests Ghana, 2-1, In Its World Cup Opener Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services http://kut.org/post/senate-confirms-burwell-top-post-health-and-human-services The Senate has voted to confirm Sylvia Mathews Burwell to the post of secretary of health and human services, where she will replace Kathleen Sebelius, who presided over the troubled rollout of the HealthCare.gov website.<p>In a 78-17 vote, Burwell, who served most recently as White House budget director, was approved Thursday.<p>In a statement released by the White House press office, President Obama said he applauded the confirmation of Burwell.<p>"Sylvia is a proven manager who knows how to deliver results, and over her career she has built deep relationships with Democrats and Republicans Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:18:58 +0000 Scott Neuman 10548 at http://kut.org Senate Confirms Burwell To Top Post At Health And Human Services Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital http://kut.org/post/report-finds-evidence-secret-wait-lists-va-hospital The inspector general of the Department of Veterans Affairs has affirmed that some 1,700 patients at the Phoenix VA hospital were put on unofficial wait lists and subjected to treatment delays of up to 115 days.<p>In an interim report released Wednesday, the inspector general's office reported it had "substantiated that significant delays in access to care negatively impacted the quality of care" at Phoenix HCS.<p>"To date, our work has substantiated serious conditions at the Phoenix HCS. Wed, 28 May 2014 18:51:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 10507 at http://kut.org Report Finds Evidence Of Secret Wait Lists At VA Hospital Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-halts-execution-missouri-inmate The Supreme Court on Wednesday put off the execution of Russell Bucklew, a Missouri inmate who has maintained that his rare congenital medical condition would make the lethal injection procedure excessively painful.<p>Bucklew had been scheduled to be put to death at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday for a 1996 murder, but <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/20/314388938/federal-court-stays-execution-of-missouri-inmate">Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito stayed the execution</a> late Tuesday, hours before it was to take place. Thu, 22 May 2014 01:15:26 +0000 Scott Neuman 10472 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Halts Execution Of Missouri Inmate Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection http://kut.org/post/botched-oklahoma-execution-prompts-questions-about-lethal-injection The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/29/308081252/oklahoma-poised-to-use-new-drug-mixture-in-double-execution">botched execution</a> of death row inmate Clayton Lockett on Tuesday in Oklahoma is sparking a reassessment of lethal injection.<p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/04/30/botched-oklahoma-execution-reignites-death-penalty-debate/">The Washington Post says</a> Lockett's aborted execution and subsequent death by heart attack, along with ongoing controversies over the drugs used and how they are administered, "have begun a whole new phase Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:23:39 +0000 Scott Neuman 10329 at http://kut.org Botched Oklahoma Execution Prompts Questions About Lethal Injection After Tornadoes, States Now Brace For Flooding http://kut.org/post/after-tornadoes-states-now-brace-flooding The weather system that spawned tornadoes that killed at least 35 people this week throughout the South and Midwest is dumping heavy rain, triggering fears of major flooding.<p>After a slew of tornadoes that began overnight Sunday, forecasts for a third day of deadly twisters on Tuesday thankfully did not entirely hold up. Although there were <a href="http://www.wsoctv.com/news/weather/national-weather-service-reports-4-tornadoes-nc/nfks9/">reports of eight tornadoes in North Carolina</a>, they caused only minor damage and no injuries. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:31:52 +0000 Scott Neuman 10326 at http://kut.org After Tornadoes, States Now Brace For Flooding Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma http://kut.org/post/killer-tornadoes-rip-through-arkansas-oklahoma <strong><sub><em>This post was updated at 1:53 p.m. ET</em></sub></strong><p>Emergency officials were searching Monday for survivors after tornadoes tore through parts of Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight, killing at least 14 people and leveling entire neighborhoods.<p>"We don't have a count on injuries or missing. We're trying to get a handle on the missing part," Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe said at a news conference Monday. Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:31:47 +0000 Scott Neuman 10307 at http://kut.org Killer Tornadoes Rip Through Arkansas, Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-affirms-michigans-ban-affirmative-action The Supreme Court has ruled that a Michigan ballot initiative to ban racial preferences in college admissions is constitutional, overturning a lower court decision.<p>In a 6-2 decision Tuesday, <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">the justices</a> said the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong to set aside the voter-approved ban as discriminatory.<p>Justice Anthony Kennedy announced the decision and <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote an opinion</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:05:42 +0000 Scott Neuman 10272 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million http://kut.org/post/obama-affordable-care-act-enrollment-hits-8-million President Obama says that enrollment under the Affordable Care Act has reached 8 million after the March 31 sign-up deadline was extended by two weeks.<p>"This thing is working," he told reporters at a White House briefing on Thursday.<p>The president said that 35 percent of those signing up through the federal government's website were under the age of 35. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 10244 at http://kut.org Obama: Affordable Care Act Enrollment Hits 8 Million Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-strikes-down-overall-limits-political-contributions The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down an overall cap on the amount that large campaign donors can give to parties and candidates in a two-year election cycle.<p>In a 5-4 decision split between <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/about/biographies.aspx">conservatives and liberals on the high court</a>, the court said the limits were a violation of the First Amendment.<p>However, the ruling affects only aggregate donations on the total amount that a contributor can hand out to multiple candidates and political action committees, which is currently set at $123,200. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:32:02 +0000 Scott Neuman 10089 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Strikes Down Overall Limits On Political Contributions Analysis Shows Flight 370 'Ended' In Indian Ocean, Malaysia Says http://kut.org/post/analysis-shows-flight-370-ended-indian-ocean-malaysia-says <strong>This post was updated at 8:14 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday that new analysis of the flight path of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 showed that it "ended in the southern Indian Ocean."<p>Speaking at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Razak said the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the U.K.-based satellite company Inmarsat had used a first-of-its-kind analysis to determine the course of the Boeing 777 and the 239 passengers and crew aboard. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:48:11 +0000 Scott Neuman 10022 at http://kut.org Analysis Shows Flight 370 'Ended' In Indian Ocean, Malaysia Says Is It Too Late For Ukraine To Take Back Crimea? http://kut.org/post/it-too-late-ukraine-take-back-crimea <strong>This post was updated at 1:20 p.m. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 19:36:29 +0000 Scott Neuman 9878 at http://kut.org Is It Too Late For Ukraine To Take Back Crimea? Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine http://kut.org/post/putin-formally-calls-russian-forces-ukraine <strong>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Russia's parliament has unanimously approved a request by President Vladimir Putin to authorize the intervention of Moscow's forces in Ukraine until "the normalization of the political situation" there. In response, Ukraine put its own forces on alert and warned that a Russian invasion would spark war between the two countries.<strong> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:16:47 +0000 Scott Neuman 9876 at http://kut.org Russia's Parliament Approves Putin's Call For Troops In Ukraine Ukrainian President Voted Out; Opposition Leader Freed http://kut.org/post/ukraines-parliament-votes-oust-yanukovych-after-he-flees-kiev <strong>This post was updated at 3:10 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Ukraine's parliament has voted to push President Viktor Yanukovych out of office hours after he fled the capital and denounced events in the country as "a coup d'etat" in a television interview.<p>The legislature also voted to release Yanukovych's jailed arch-rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 20:07:36 +0000 Scott Neuman 9830 at http://kut.org Ukrainian President Voted Out; Opposition Leader Freed Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46 http://kut.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-46 Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film <em>Capote</em>, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.<p>A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are "investigating Hoffman's death as a possible drug overdose."<p><a href="http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626804579358943360702878?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories%20"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a> quotes a police official as saying the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment late Sunday morning.<p><a href="h Sun, 02 Feb 2014 21:15:47 +0000 Scott Neuman 9697 at http://kut.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution http://kut.org/post/texas-overhauls-textbook-approval-ease-tensions-over-evolution The Texas Board of Education, which has long been an ideological battleground for the teaching of evolution, says it will <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/education/headlines/20140131-texas-education-board-overhauls-graduation-requirements.ece">limit the use of citizen review panels and instead give priority to teachers</a> in determining science and history curricula.<p>Because Texas public schools represent such a large market for textbook publishers, the state has an outsized influence on what is taught in the rest of the country.<p>Science curricula in particular have become a sourc Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:39:15 +0000 Scott Neuman 9696 at http://kut.org Texas Overhauls Textbook Approval To Ease Tensions Over Evolution U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review http://kut.org/post/us-issues-keystone-xl-pipeline-environmental-review The State Department says that production of Canadian tar-sand crude, which has a bigger greenhouse gas footprint than other types of oil, is unlikely to be increased if the <a href="http://keystone-xl.com/?gclid=COO8wbaaqbwCFVFk7AodvDEAAA">Keystone XL pipeline</a> goes ahead — and therefore would do little to contribute to climate change.<p>In the <a href="http://keystonepipeline-xl.state.gov/">Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement</a> on the controversial pipeline, the department takes no position on whether it should be built but notes that tar-sand crude produces 17 percent mor Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:29:38 +0000 Scott Neuman 9692 at http://kut.org U.S. Issues Keystone XL Pipeline Environmental Review Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman http://kut.org/post/hospital-texas-removes-life-support-brain-dead-woman A Fort Worth, Texas, woman who was 14 weeks pregnant when she was found unconscious and brain-dead after suffering a pulmonary embolism, has been taken off life support after a weeks-long court battle by the hospital to keep the ventilator on.<p>A ventilator that had kept Marlise Munoz's heart and lungs functioning for two months was switched off at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, a family attorney said.<p>State District Judge R.H. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 21:17:21 +0000 Scott Neuman 9647 at http://kut.org Hospital In Texas Removes Life Support From Brain-Dead Woman 5 Things To Know About The Grammy Awards Show http://kut.org/post/five-things-know-about-grammy-awards-show <a href="http://www.grammy.com/nominees">The 56th annual</a> Grammy Awards will air Sunday on CBS beginning at 8 p.m. ET. <a href="http:/www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/music/la-et-ms-what-time-are-the-grammys-2014,0,6554664.story#ixzz2rVZQ0R7C"><em>The Los Angeles Times</em> says:</a><p><blockquote><p>"[The] Grammy Awards show is chock-full of star-studded performances. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 18:06:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 9646 at http://kut.org 5 Things To Know About The Grammy Awards Show