Scott Neuman http://kuow.org en Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says http://kuow.org/post/radioactive-leak-us-waste-dump-was-preventable-report-says A February accident at a nuclear waste dump that resulted in the contamination of 21 workers resulted in part from "poor management, ineffective maintenance and a lack of proper training and oversight," a Department of Energy report concludes.<p>NPR's Geoff Brumfiel says the report, released Thursday, says the release of radioactive material into the environment from the Feb. 14 accident at the underground Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, N.M., could have been prevented. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:15:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33251 at http://kuow.org Radioactive Leak At U.S. Waste Dump Was Preventable, Report Says Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty http://kuow.org/post/pacific-islands-sue-us-others-violating-nuclear-treaty The Marshall Islands, the Pacific chain where the U.S. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:12:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33224 at http://kuow.org Pacific Island Nation Sues U.S., Others For Violating Nuclear Treaty American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine http://kuow.org/post/american-journalist-freed-kidnappers-eastern-ukraine Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist who was reportedly seized by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine earlier this week, has been released, <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/simon-ostrovsky-has-been-released?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">according to his employer</a>.<p>"VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health," the website reports on Thursday.<p>"We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33204 at http://kuow.org American Journalist Freed By Kidnappers In Eastern Ukraine Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History http://kuow.org/post/long-lost-wreck-san-francisco-recalls-anti-chinese-history Rewind to the year 1888: The 202-foot SS City of Chester, departing San Francisco harbor in thick fog, is nearly cut in two by the much larger liner Oceanic, arriving from Hong Kong. Within six minutes, the smaller ship disappears under the turbulent current near the site of the present-day Golden Gate Bridge, claiming 16 lives.<p>Now, fast-forward to Wednesday: <a href="http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20140423_cityofchester_shipwreck.html">NOAA says</a> it's found the wreck of the City of Chester, which still ranks among San Francisco's worst maritime disasters. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33200 at http://kuow.org Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change http://kuow.org/post/obama-japans-administration-disputed-islands-shouldnt-change President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. believes Japan's administration of a contested island chain should not change "unilaterally," as he assured Tokyo that a U.S. security treaty "covers all territories administered by Japan."<p>Obama, on the first stop in a weeklong swing through the Asia-Pacific region, spoke alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33186 at http://kuow.org Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit http://kuow.org/post/belieb-it-or-not-justin-offends-asian-fans-shrine-visit Pop star Justin Bieber has been lurching from <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/justin-biebers-2013-a-year-of-mishaps-controversies-sobbing-fans-and-fake-retirements-9030439.html">crisis</a> to <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2574166/Judge-orders-police-video-showing-Justin-Bieber-urinating-Miami-jail-cell-released-blackout.html">crisis</a> in recent months, but his latest faux pas could be his biggest, risking the affections of possibly a billion Beliebers.<p>During a trip to Japan, the 20-year-old Canadian singer appears to have visited perhaps the Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33155 at http://kuow.org Unbeliebable: Justin Offends Asian Fans With Shrine Visit Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches http://kuow.org/post/georgia-law-oks-guns-schools-churches Georgians will now be able to carry firearms in such places as schools, bars, churches and government buildings under a sweeping new law signed by the governor on Wednesday.<p>The <a href="http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/display/20132014/HB/60">Safe Carry Protection Act</a>, also known to critics as the "guns everywhere bill," was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal, who said it will allow "people who follow the rules [to] protect themselves and their families from people who don't follow the rules.<p>"The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:05:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33117 at http://kuow.org Georgia Law OKs Guns In Schools, Churches Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' http://kuow.org/post/judge-oks-wikileaker-mannings-name-change-chelsea The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.<p>A Kansas judge on Wednesday granted the name-change request by the soldier formerly known as Bradley Edward Manning, who is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/21/214100452/bradley-manning-to-find-out-his-fate">serving 35 years in prison</a> at Fort Leavenworth for giving secret documents to WikiLeaks. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33114 at http://kuow.org Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea' Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment http://kuow.org/post/obama-assures-japan-us-security-commitment President Obama, at the start of a four-stop trip to Asia, sought to reassure Japan that the U.S. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33098 at http://kuow.org Obama Assures Japan Of U.S. Security Commitment American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents http://kuow.org/post/american-journalist-kidnapped-ukraines-pro-russia-insurgents An American journalist operating in eastern Ukraine has been kidnapped by pro-Russian gunmen, the separatists said Wednesday.<p>Simon Ostrovsky, working for <a href="https://news.vice.com/articles/vice-news-statement-on-simon-ostrovsky?trk_source=homepage-in-the-news">Vice News</a>, was seized at gunpoint early Tuesday by masked men in the restive eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk.<p>Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the insurgents, confirmed Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held at the local branch of the Ukrainian security service, seized more than a week ago, according to The Associa Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33100 at http://kuow.org American Journalist Kidnapped By Ukraine's Pro-Russia Insurgents U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test http://kuow.org/post/us-says-its-monitoring-possible-north-korea-nuclear-test The United States is urging North Korea to refrain from a new nuclear test amid indications of "heightened activity" at Pyongyang's Punggye-ri test site.<p>"We have certainly seen the press reports ... regarding possible increased activity in North Korea's nuclear test site," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:41:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33061 at http://kuow.org U.S. Says It's Monitoring For Possible North Korea Nuclear Test Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death http://kuow.org/post/soldier-speaks-decade-after-pat-tillmans-friendly-fire-death Ten years after the friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan that killed U.S. Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman, one of the soldiers who mistakenly pulled the trigger says he's still haunted by demons from the night of April 22, 2004.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/22/305960157/ex-ranger-recalls-the-friendly-fire-that-killed-pat-tillman">Steven Elliott tells NPR's All Things Considered</a> that on the night of the incident, he could see only "shadowy figures" and had every reason to believe that when his squad leader, Sgt. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33055 at http://kuow.org Soldier Speaks Up A Decade After Pat Tillman's Friendly-Fire Death Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka http://kuow.org/post/tattoo-buddha-gets-british-tourist-thrown-out-sri-lanka The island nation of Sri Lanka has ordered the deportation of a British tourist for arriving in the country sporting a Buddha tattooed on her arm. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:34:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 33017 at http://kuow.org Tattoo Of Buddha Gets British Tourist Thrown Out Of Sri Lanka Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action http://kuow.org/post/supreme-court-upholds-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 <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-682_j4ek.pdf">wrote the majority decision</a> in the case <em>Schuette v. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:28:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 33003 at http://kuow.org Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action Netflix Says It Will Raise New Customer Subscription Rates http://kuow.org/post/netflix-says-it-will-raise-new-customer-subscription-rates Netflix, buoyed by its foray into original productions such as the political drama <em>House of Cards,</em> said Monday it has added 2.25 million new customers and plans to raise its new-subscriptions rate by $1 or $2 a month.<p>The video streaming service reported first quarter earnings of $53 million, or 86 cents a share. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:26:40 +0000 Scott Neuman 33014 at http://kuow.org Netflix Says It Will Raise New Customer Subscription Rates