Scott Neuman http://iowapublicradio.org en NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nypd-shuts-down-controversial-unit-spied-muslims The New York Police Department said Tuesday it would disband a special unit charged with detecting possible terrorist threats by carrying out secret surveillance of Muslim groups.<p>The squad that conducted the surveillance, known as the Demographics Unit, was formed in 2003. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39186 at http://iowapublicradio.org NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/saturn-might-have-new-baby-moon-named-peggy It's not like Saturn needs another moon to look after — it's already got 53 officially, with nine more labeled as "provisional" (and those are just the ones we know about). But the tiny, icy object nicknamed "Peggy" could prove hard to resist.<p>NASA's <a href="http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/cassini-huygens/">Cassini spacecraft</a> spotted evidence of Peggy, which is believed to measure just a half-mile across, as its slight gravity was disturbing the edge of Saturn's ring system. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39170 at http://iowapublicradio.org Saturn Might Have A New Baby Moon Named Peggy WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video http://iowapublicradio.org/post/watch-israels-new-low-cost-airline-has-catchy-safety-video El Al, Israel's national airline, wants you to get down when you fly UP, its budget carrier that took to the skies just two weeks ago. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39157 at http://iowapublicradio.org WATCH: Israel's New Low-Cost Airline Has Catchy Safety Video Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/giant-south-american-bird-run-uk An ostrich-size South American <a href="http://sfzoo.businesscatalyst.com/Default.aspx?PageID=15676198&A=SearchResult&SearchID=6397964&ObjectID=15676198&ObjectType=1">rhea</a> that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.<p><a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/wildlife/10767553/Dangerous-giant-bird-on-the-loose-in-Hertfordshire-countryside.html">The Telegraph describes</a> the flightless bird, <a href="http://www.wonders-world.com/2010/07/top-9-most-dangerous-bi Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:08:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39159 at http://iowapublicradio.org Giant South American Bird On The Run In The U.K. Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement http://iowapublicradio.org/post/swimming-superstar-michael-phelps-emerges-retirement Swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympic athlete in history, is coming out of retirement.<p>Patrick Sandusky, the U.S. Olympic Committee public affairs officer, tweeted this morning: "It is official, Michael Phelps is back.... competing next week in Arizona."<p>Phelps, who will be 29 in June, has already competed in four Olympic Games, winning 22 medals, including 18 gold. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39118 at http://iowapublicradio.org Swimming Superstar Michael Phelps Emerges From Retirement Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future http://iowapublicradio.org/post/dutch-test-glow-dark-road-future There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie <em>Tron</em>, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.<p>The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies <a href="http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/info/">Studio Roosegaarde</a> and Heijmans, a road construction firm.<p>"It's almost radioactive," says artist Daan Roosega Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39104 at http://iowapublicradio.org Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future French Police Deploy DNA Dragnet To Solve Rape Of Teen http://iowapublicradio.org/post/french-police-deploy-dna-dragnet-solve-rape-teen Police in France are taking DNA samples from more than 500 male high school students in western France in hopes of identifying the person who raped a 16-year-old girl.<p>The assault reportedly occurred at a private Roman Catholic school in La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast on Sept. 30. Investigators are trying to match DNA found on the victim's clothing, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27020933">the BBC says.</a><p>Prosecutor Isabelle Pagenelle is quoted by The Associated Press as saying that since authorities began taking samples early Monday, no one had refused. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39103 at http://iowapublicradio.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/theres-blood-moon-eclipse-tonight-will-you-be-able-see-it It's looking like clouds will obscure Monday night's lunar eclipse for nearly all of the U.S. East Coast, but much of the West and Midwest should be able to see it.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/11/301958755/total-eclipse-of-the-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america">we wrote last week</a>, the total eclipse of the moon — the first visible from North America since 2010 — will start a few minutes before 1 a.m. EDT and slowly continue over the next two hours until it peaks (reaches totality) about 3 a.m. Tuesday. On the West Coast, it starts about 10 p.m. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:31:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39098 at http://iowapublicradio.org There's A 'Blood Moon' Eclipse Tonight, But Will You Be Able To See It? Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds http://iowapublicradio.org/post/millennials-talk-god-fewer-rely-religion-survey-finds Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.<p>The survey of 2,000 U.S. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 39016 at http://iowapublicradio.org Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America http://iowapublicradio.org/post/total-eclipse-moon-next-week-throughout-north-america If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.<p>The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak <a href="http://www.space.com/25447-moon-observing-tips-total-lunar-eclipse.html">at about 3 a.m. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38998 at http://iowapublicradio.org Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America 'God' Files Suit In New York To Resolve Credit Dispute http://iowapublicradio.org/post/god-files-suit-new-york-resolve-credit-dispute As the saying goes, "In God We Trust, all others pay cash."<p>But in the case of Russian immigrant and businessman God Gazarov, cash may be the only option.<p>That's because, <a href="http://nypost.com/2014/04/11/man-with-first-name-god-runs-into-credit-rating-issues/">according to The New York Post</a>, credit reporting agency <a href="http://www.equifax.com/about_equifax/newsroom/en_us">Equifax</a> has refused to acknowledge that he has any financial history whatsoever, despite having high scores with two other major credit agencies.<p>According to the <em>Post</em>:<p><blockquote><p>"Despit Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38989 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/congress-votes-bar-entry-irans-un-ambassador The United States has told Iran that it won't issue a visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's controversial choice for the United Nations.<p>Aboutalebi acknowledges that he served as an interpreter for a group of radical students who seized the U.S. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38984 at http://iowapublicradio.org U.S. Denies Visa To Iran's Controversial U.N. Envoy Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban http://iowapublicradio.org/post/judges-appear-divided-case-utahs-gay-marriage-ban A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared divided on Thursday as they listened to arguments in a case on whether Utah's same-sex marriage ban is constitutional.<p>The ban, approved by Utah voters in 2004, was struck down by a lower court in the wake of the U.S. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38956 at http://iowapublicradio.org Judges Appear Divided In Case On Utah's Gay Marriage Ban What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/whats-it-worth-breath-fresh-air-china-about-860 It's a classic example of supply and demand: How much would you pay for a bottle of fresh air in one of the world's most polluted cities?<p>When Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned home from a vacation in France, he brought with him a jar of clean air he had collected from Provence. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38947 at http://iowapublicradio.org What's A Breath Of Fresh Air Worth? In China, About $860 GM To Take $1.3 Billion Charge Linked To Recall http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gm-take-13-billion-charge-linked-recall General Motors said on Thursday it will take a charge of $1.3 billion in the first quarter to cover its recall of more than 2 million vehicles, primarily for ignition switch problems.<p>The announcement comes on the same day that the Detroit automaker said it would need to make additional fixes to the ignition switch mechanism on some of the 2.2 million cars it has already recalled. GM also said it was suspending two engineers with pay in a disciplinary move related to the problem.<p>The write-off includes a $750 million charge announced earlier. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:19:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38938 at http://iowapublicradio.org GM To Take $1.3 Billion Charge Linked To Recall Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/justice-albuquerque-police-show-pattern-excessive-force The Justice Department says it has found "patterns of excessive force" in the Albuquerque Police Department.<p><a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2014/April/14-crt-364.html">Justice said</a> it found "reasonable cause to believe that APD engages in a pattern or practice of excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38922 at http://iowapublicradio.org Justice: Albuquerque Police Show 'Pattern Of Excessive Force' 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gospel-jesus-wife-papyrus-not-forgery-harvard-says A fragment of an ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the "Gospel of Jesus's Wife," unveiled in 2012, shows no evidence of being a modern forgery, as some critics had charged, according to an article published in the <a href="http://gospelofjesusswife.hds.harvard.edu/testing-indicates-gospel-jesuss-wife-papyrus-fragment-be-ancient">Harvard Theological Review.</a><p>The scrap of papyrus sparked controversy when it was presented at a conference in Rome some 18 months ago by Harvard professor of divinity <a href="http://gospelofjesusswife.hds.harvard.edu/karen-l-king">Karen L. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38920 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'Gospel Of Jesus's Wife' Papyrus Not A Forgery, Harvard Says New Ping In Search For Flight 370 Boosts Hopes Of Finding Jet http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-ping-mh370-search-boosts-optimism-finding-aircraft An Australian plane detected yet another possible signal from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet in the southern Indian Ocean on Thursday, as searchers said they were feeling more confident that the aircraft's flight-data recorder ultimately would be found.<p>Angus Houston, who is coordinating the search off Australia's west coast, says an Australian air force P-3 Orion, which has been dropping sonar buoys in the search area, picked up a possible signal that may have come from a manmade source.<p>"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft, or what is left of the aircraft," he said.<p>"H Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:56:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38915 at http://iowapublicradio.org New Ping In Search For Flight 370 Boosts Hopes Of Finding Jet Wanted By The FBI: Bank Robber With Perfect Grammar And Spelling http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wanted-fbi-bank-robber-perfect-grammar-and-spelling Apparently bank robbers aren't in the habit of worrying much about grammar and spelling when it comes to writing demand notes.<p>Not so for the "Good Grammar Bandit," who we might imagine turned to a life of crime because it proved more exciting (and lucrative) than being a copy editor.<p>The <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/denver/press-releases/2014/fbi-rocky-mountain-safe-streets-task-force-seeks-good-grammar-bandit">FBI says</a> the slender-built, 5-foot-9-inch to 6-foot-tall black male in his 30s is being sought in at least four bank robberies north of Denver since the beginning of the month.< Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38871 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wanted By The FBI: Bank Robber With Perfect Grammar And Spelling In Turnaround, More Moms Are Staying Home, Study Says http://iowapublicradio.org/post/turnaround-more-moms-are-staying-home-study-says After decades on the decline, the number of "stay at home" moms in the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38862 at http://iowapublicradio.org 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan http://iowapublicradio.org/post/9-month-old-boy-charged-attempted-murder-pakistan A 9-month-old Pakistani boy has been charged along with the rest of his family with attempted murder, according to reports.<p>Musa Khan was photographed last week crying as his grandfather held him for fingerprinting. He was with his family during a protest in a Lahore slum that turned violent in February. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38859 at http://iowapublicradio.org 9-Month-Old Boy Charged With Attempted Murder In Pakistan On Heels Of GM, Toyota Recalls More Than 6 Million Vehicles http://iowapublicradio.org/post/after-gm-now-toyota-recalls-more-6-million-vehicles Toyota Motor Corp. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38857 at http://iowapublicradio.org On Heels Of GM, Toyota Recalls More Than 6 Million Vehicles GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents http://iowapublicradio.org/post/gm-odds-feds-over-recall-related-documents General Motors says it has "fully cooperated" with federal authorities in connection with the recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches and other problems.<p>But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disagrees and says it will fine the automaker $7,000 for each day it misses a deadline to answer 107 questions that passed on April 4.<p>"We will continue to provide responses and facts as soon as they become available and hope to go about this in a constructive manner," GM's statement said. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38829 at http://iowapublicradio.org GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents 100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea http://iowapublicradio.org/post/100-year-old-message-bottle-plucked-baltic-sea On a nature hike along Germany's Baltic Coast in 1913, 20-year-old Richard Platz scrawled a note on a postcard, shoved it into a brown beer bottle, corked it and tossed it into the sea.<p>Where it traveled, no one knows for sure, but it was pulled out of the Baltic Sea by a fisherman last month not far from where Platz first pitched it.<p>It's thought to be the world's oldest message in a bottle.<p>The French news agency <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/message-in-bottle-arrives-after-101-years">Agence France-Presse writes</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"A fisherman pulled the beer Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38826 at http://iowapublicradio.org 100-Year-Old Message In A Bottle Plucked From Baltic Sea Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe http://iowapublicradio.org/post/why-physicists-are-film-promoting-earth-centered-universe It has the look and feel of a fast-paced and riveting science documentary.<p>The trailer opens with actress <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kate-Mulgrew/7122967465">Kate Mulgrew</a> (who starred as Capt. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:38:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38819 at http://iowapublicradio.org Why Physicists Are In A Film Promoting An Earth-Centered Universe NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nasa-image-shows-volcanic-island-has-annexed-its-neighbor There's some new, pristine real estate on the remote Japanese island of Nishino-shima.<p>Volcanic activity has merged the tiny island with a new neighbor that started to form late last year, creating a single landmass, NASA satellite imagery shows. The island is now a bit more than a half-mile across.<p><a href="http://www.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83447&eocn=home&eoci=iotd_previous">According to NASA:</a><p><blockquote><p>"In November 2013, a seafloor volcano in the western Pacific Ocean spewed enough material to rise above the water line. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38788 at http://iowapublicradio.org NASA Image Shows Volcanic Island Has Annexed Its Neighbor Oscar Pistorius Sobs On Witness Stand At His Murder Trial http://iowapublicradio.org/post/oscar-pistorius-sobs-witness-stand-his-murder-trial Oscar Pistorius sobbed and wailed from the witness stand in his murder trial in South Africa as he recalled what he maintains was the accidental fatal shooting of his girlfriend.<p>Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympic runner, was describing the moment he said he realized that he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, through a bathroom door and not an intruder.<p>"That's the moment when everything changed," he told the court in Pretoria. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38782 at http://iowapublicradio.org Oscar Pistorius Sobs On Witness Stand At His Murder Trial Sick 1-Year-Old Rescued From Sailboat 1,000 Miles Off Mexican Coast http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sick-1-year-old-rescued-sailboat-1000-miles-mexican-coast A family with two small children who set sail on a round-the-world trip in their 36-foot boat were rescued 1,000 miles off Mexico's Pacific Coast after the 1-year-old daughter fell seriously ill.<p>Eric Kaufman, a U.S. Coast-Guard-licensed captain, and his wife, Charlotte, 3-year-old Cora and baby Lyra set sail from Mexico in March, bound for the Marquesas, a Pacific island chain. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38764 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sick 1-Year-Old Rescued From Sailboat 1,000 Miles Off Mexican Coast WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park http://iowapublicradio.org/post/watch-giant-container-ship-collides-hong-kong-park Such are the hazards of living in a city that is also home to one of the world's busiest ports ...<p>Joggers are used to dodging bikers, skateboarders and even stray animals. But if you'd happened to be running on a popular path at the Stanley Ho Sports Center in Hong Kong's Pok Fu Lam district on Sunday, you might have come close to hitting a 633-foot container ship.<p>The German-registered Hansa Constitution, fully laden with containers, ran aground near the path, startling onlookers. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38754 at http://iowapublicradio.org WATCH: Giant Container Ship Collides With Hong Kong Park Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mob-ukraine-seizes-provincial-building-declares-independence Pro-Russian separatists who seized a provincial building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk have reportedly declared an independent "people's republic" in a move that echoes events leading to last month's secession of Crimea.<p>You can see video of the scuffle between police and protesters that led up to the storming of the building <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8C9PtrRf2b4">here</a>.<p>After the takeover of the building, one Russian speaker appeared at a podium, proclaiming "the creation of the sovereign state of the People's Republic of Donetsk," <a href="http://www.aljazeer Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 38730 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mob In Ukraine Seizes Provincial Building, Declares Independence