Bill Chappell, NPR http://kut.org en Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine http://kut.org/post/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-crash-what-we-know <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbyZYgSXdyw</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPu1dhje3Po</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:02:18 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10813 at http://kut.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down http://kut.org/post/malaysia-airlines-loses-contact-plane-over-ukraine <strong>This post was last updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.</strong><p>A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 with 298 passengers and crew aboard has crashed in eastern Ukraine in an area of the country that has been wracked by a separatist insurgency.<p>The airline's senior vice president and European chief, Huib Gorter, told reporters the plane was carrying at least 154 Dutch, 27 Australians, 23 Malaysians, 11 Indonesians, six Britons, four Germans, four Belgians, three Filipinos and one Canadian. The nationalities of 47 passengers had yet to be determined. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:57:26 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10805 at http://kut.org U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins http://kut.org/post/mortars-rock-shaky-5-hour-truce-between-hamas-and-israel <strong>This post was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET: Ground Offenses Begin</strong><p>Israel has sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday, which we are covering in <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/17/332347143/israel-launches-ground-offensive-in-gaza" target="_blank">this post</a>.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. ET: Hostilities Resume</strong><p>A temporary cease-fire had brought relative quiet to Gaza for a few hours earlier in the day, as Israel and Hamas agreed to hold their fire for five hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local time, for humanitarian reasons. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:02:27 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10804 at http://kut.org A 5-Hour Truce Between Hamas And Israel Ends, And Fighting Begins Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 http://kut.org/post/blues-guitarist-johnny-winter-dies-70 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Tyg5SJDpiQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30mpfUlYO0A</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:37:05 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10803 at http://kut.org Blues Guitarist Johnny Winter Dies At 70 After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign http://kut.org/post/hamas-rejects-cease-fire-after-israel-oks-proposal <strong><strong>This post was updated at 5:30 p.m. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:47:20 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10785 at http://kut.org After Peace Deal's Failure, Israel To 'Expand And Intensify' Campaign Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues http://kut.org/post/israel-shoots-down-drone-clash-hamas-continues Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.<p>From <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/1.604898">Haaretz</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Since the start of the operation, more than 700 rockets have fallen within Israel. Only a fraction landed in urban regions. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:33:08 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10779 at http://kut.org Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide? http://kut.org/post/will-you-ride-worlds-tallest-water-slide <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG-uY2wze2Y</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o2kGw0GbA0</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:47:36 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10743 at http://kut.org Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide? U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says http://kut.org/post/us-added-288000-jobs-june-labor-dept-says Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.<p><strong>Update at 8:35 a.m. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:22:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10726 at http://kut.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss http://kut.org/post/tim-howard-emerges-hero-us-world-cup-loss After a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/01/327350320/live-blog-the-u-s-takes-on-belgium-in-knockout-round">wrenching loss to Belgium</a> ended the U.S. team's World Cup run, fans are still touting the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard, Photoshopping his head onto U.S. currency and even (briefly) dubbing him Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia.<p>In Tuesday's game, Howard set a new World Cup record by making 16 saves. The mark dates back to at least 1966, when organizers started keeping records of that statistic. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:50:13 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR & Bill Chappell, NPR 10718 at http://kut.org Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss 5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game http://kut.org/post/5-things-know-us-vs-belgium-game Today, players and fans of the U.S. and Belgium are building toward a decisive game that will send one team to the World Cup's quarterfinals and send the other packing. Two key questions are whether the U.S. can strike early, as it did against Ghana, and whether Belgium can pull away late, as it has in all its games so far in Brazil.<p>Here are a few details that should help you watch the game, which starts at 4 p.m. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:43:00 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10714 at http://kut.org 5 Things To Know For The U.S. Vs. Belgium Game Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://kut.org/post/closely-held-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:46:16 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10703 at http://kut.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For http://kut.org/post/us-vs-germany-world-cup-what-look Anticipation is building for the U.S. Men's National Team's showdown with Germany on Thursday. The Americans need a win or a tie to decide their own fate; a loss would mean they need help <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/23/324908127/doing-the-math-how-the-u-s-can-advance-in-the-world-cup">to advance to the round of 16</a>.<p>The game will start at noon ET — when the other Group G match, between Portugal and Ghana, also starts. You can follow the game or just comment on the action here at The Two-Way. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 10:43:56 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10681 at http://kut.org U.S. Vs. Germany In The World Cup: What To Look For Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says http://kut.org/post/aereos-tv-streaming-service-illegal-supreme-court-says Aereo, the company that lets subscribers watch TV stations' video that it routes onto the Internet, violates U.S. copyright law, the Supreme Court has ruled. Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:15 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10673 at http://kut.org Aereo's TV Streaming Service Is Illegal, Supreme Court Says World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? http://kut.org/post/world-cup-ratings-spike-how-popular-soccer-us Sunday's thrilling and frustrating World Cup match between the U.S. and Portugal drew an average of 24.7 million viewers, according to the Nielsen ratings company, a result that puts the game above the recent NBA finals.<p>The game's total U.S. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:04:39 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10668 at http://kut.org World Cup Ratings Spike: How Popular Is Soccer In The U.S.? Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis http://kut.org/post/obama-speak-about-iraq-crisis-white-house-briefing President Obama says the U.S. will send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help it cope with the Sunni extremist group ISIS, which has won several key battles in recent days.<p>Obama said Americans won't be taking up combat roles in the conflict — and he said the U.S. won't take actions "that support one sect inside of Iraq at the expense of another."<p>The president spoke Thursday about the situation in Iraq, where officials have been requesting American military help in the face of advances made by ISIS. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 17:40:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10639 at http://kut.org Obama: U.S. Forces Won't Return To Combat In Iraq Crisis Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread http://kut.org/post/militants-attack-iraqs-largest-oil-refinery-sectarian-clashes-spread The Sunni militant group that has stormed across Iraq invaded the country's largest oil refinery today, hitting it with mortars. The government is using limited air attacks to strike back at ISIS, which now controls large areas of Iraq's north.<p>"The oil refinery in Beiji has been under siege since the militant fighters of ISIS seized the town of Beiji in their sweep through northern Iraq," NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Irbil, Iraq. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 11:32:41 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10626 at http://kut.org Militants Attack Iraq's Largest Oil Refinery As Sectarian Clashes Spread Eric Cantor Says He'll Quit Majority Leader Post After Primary Defeat http://kut.org/post/cantor-will-reportedly-resign-majority-leader-after-loss-primary <strong>This post was updated at 4:50 p.m. ET</strong><p>House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, fresh from a stunning primary upset at the hands of a Tea Party rival, said today that he would vacate his leadership post by the end of July to make room for a successor.<p>"Effective July 31, I will be stepping down as majority leader," Cantor told reporters at a news conference. "It is with great humility that I do so."<p>He said he'd support Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, currently the No. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:29:45 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10579 at http://kut.org Eric Cantor Says He'll Quit Majority Leader Post After Primary Defeat Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate http://kut.org/post/bill-allow-refinancing-student-loans-dies-senate A bill that would have let millions of people refinance their student loans at a lower interest rate has failed in the Senate, after Republicans objected that it included a tax on the wealthy to pay for it. The measure would have allowed people with older loans to benefit from today's low interest rates.<p>The bill from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., didn't get past a procedural vote, falling by a 56-38 vote. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:29:17 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10576 at http://kut.org Bill To Allow Refinancing Of Student Loans Dies In Senate 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia http://kut.org/post/stunning-reactions-eric-cantors-election-loss-virginia "Dollars don't vote — you do." And with that statement to his supporters, college professor Dave Brat ousted seven-term Rep. Eric Cantor in their primary battle Tuesday night. The loss by the No. 2 House Republican shocked many political analysts and the congressman himself.<p>"It's disappointing, sure," Cantor told supporters after the results came in. "But I believe in this country. I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."<p>Few saw the historic collapse coming, although the final tally shows Brat won handily, with 56 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44 percent. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:26:29 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10575 at http://kut.org 'Stunning': Reactions To Eric Cantor's Election Loss In Virginia Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land http://kut.org/post/drones-approved-faa-gives-ok-first-commercial-use-over-land The Federal Aviation Administration says it has issued the first permit in its history for an unmanned aircraft to fly over U.S. soil. Oil company BP will use a drone from the company AeroVironment to conduct surveys in Alaska.<p>The first drone flights under the recently issued waiver have already taken place, the FAA says.<p>From the agency's news release:<p><blockquote><p>"The FAA issued a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization to survey BP pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay, AK, the largest oilfield in the United States. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:27:38 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10569 at http://kut.org Drones Approved: FAA Gives OK To First Commercial Use Over Land