WGBH News http://wgbhnews.org en Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor http://wgbhnews.org/post/cantor-step-down-month-make-room-successor Fresh from relinquishing his House majority leader position in the wake of a stinging primary defeat, Rep. Eric Cantor now says he will give up his Virginia congressional seat months before his term expires, to make room for his replacement.<p>"[It] is with tremendous gratitude and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from Congress, effective Aug. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:24:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 27309 at http://wgbhnews.org Cantor To Step Down This Month To Make Room For Successor Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added http://wgbhnews.org/post/unemployment-ticks-62-percent-209000-jobs-added The nation's unemployment rate moved up a bit in the month of July, to 6.2 percent, as more Americans who'd been sitting on the sidelines started looking for work, according to the latest monthly<a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm"> report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.</a> Nonfarm payrolls increased by 209,000 jobs, a bit less than economists had expected.<p>Even so, according to <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-usa-economy-idUSKBN0G134N20140801">Reuters</a>, it marks "the sixth straight month that employment has expanded by more than 200, Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:54:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 27308 at http://wgbhnews.org Unemployment Ticks Up To 6.2 Percent; 209,000 Jobs Added Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law http://wgbhnews.org/post/court-uganda-throws-out-anti-gay-law A court in Uganda has thrown out a controversial law that punished acts of homosexuality harshly, including with life in prison.<p><a href="http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/uganda-court-rule-legality-anti-gay-law-24801511">The AP reports</a> the decision was a technical one. The court ruled that there was no quorum when Parliament met to pass the law.<p>The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"'The speaker was obliged to ensure that there was quorum,' the court said in its ruling. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 27307 at http://wgbhnews.org Court In Uganda Throws Out Anti-Gay Law Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It http://wgbhnews.org/post/caffeine-gives-athletes-edge-dont-overdo-it After winning the Tour de France last Sunday, Vincenzo Nibali was tested for a bunch of performance-enhancing substances. But Nibali and his fellow competitors were welcome to have several cups of coffee (or cans of Red Bull), before their ride into Paris; caffeine is not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's <a href="http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/World_Anti-Doping_Program/WADP-Prohibited-list/2014/WADA-prohibited-list-2014-EN.pdf">banned list</a>.<p>Still, the drug is definitely a performance booster. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Katherine Hobson 27306 at http://wgbhnews.org Caffeine Gives Athletes An Edge, But Don't Overdo It CDC Chief On West African Ebola: 'We Know What To Do, But It's Not Easy' http://wgbhnews.org/post/cdc-chief-west-african-ebola-we-know-what-do-its-not-easy <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=CDC+Chief+On+West+African+Ebola%3A+%27We+Know+What+To+Do%2C+But+It%27s+Not+Easy%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDY5ODMwMDEyMjg3NjMzMTE1ZjE2MA001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 11:14:00 +0000 editor 27305 at http://wgbhnews.org Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over http://wgbhnews.org/post/despite-cease-fire-fighting-continues-gaza It was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/31/336925603/israel-and-hamas-agree-to-3-day-cease-fire-un-says">negotiated as a three-day humanitarian cease-fire</a> that was to start at 8 a.m. local time today.<p>But just hours in, fighting erupted again in Gaza.<p>Palestinian authorities told the AP that at least 27 people were killed in Gaza after an Israeli tank opened fire. NPR's Emily Harris reports Israel accused Hamas of continuing its rocket fire.<p>One Israeli official told Emily: "At this point it's clear the Palestinians violated the ceasefire in three ways. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:34:00 +0000 editor 27304 at http://wgbhnews.org Fighting Resumes In Gaza, As Israeli Military Says Cease-Fire Is Over More Deadly Fighting In Gaza Puts Cease-Fire In Question http://wgbhnews.org/post/update-gaza-cease-fire <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=More+Deadly+Fighting+In+Gaza+Puts+Cease-Fire+In+Question&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODM0MTAzMDEyMTY4NDEzNjUxZmMzYQ004)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 editor 27303 at http://wgbhnews.org Minnesota's Minimum-Wage Workers Get 75-Cent Increase http://wgbhnews.org/post/minnesotas-minimum-wage-workers-get-75-cent-increase <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.mpr.org/">http://www.mpr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Minnesota%27s+Minimum-Wage+Workers+Get+75-Cent+Increase&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDUyNTY4MDEyNDU5NTA0MzAxYzQ4NQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 editor 27302 at http://wgbhnews.org Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior http://wgbhnews.org/post/big-data-firm-says-it-can-link-snowden-data-changed-terrorist-behavior For nearly a year, U.S. government officials have said revelations from former NSA contract worker Edward Snowden harmed national security and allowed terrorists to develop their own countermeasures. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Dina Temple-Raston 27301 at http://wgbhnews.org Big Data Firm Says It Can Link Snowden Data To Changed Terrorist Behavior Last Minute Legislating http://wgbhnews.org/post/last-minute-legislating <p>Massachusetts lawmakers have approved several major pieces of legislation, blowing past a midnight deadline in a somewhat chaotic finish to the end of formal meetings in their two-year session.</p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:54:37 +0000 The Associated Press 27300 at http://wgbhnews.org Inquiry Shows CIA Spied On Senate Panel That Was Investigating The Agency http://wgbhnews.org/post/inquiry-shows-cia-spied-senate-panel-was-investigating-agency <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Inquiry+Shows+CIA+Spied+On+Senate+Panel+That+Was+Investigating+The+Agency&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAyNDUyNTY4MDEyNDU5NTA0MzAxYzQ4NQ001)"/></div><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:03:00 +0000 David Welna 27299 at http://wgbhnews.org Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules http://wgbhnews.org/post/tensions-stir-epa-hearings-new-emission-rules The coal industry made its presence known in Pittsburgh this week for public hearings on President Obama's controversial plan to address climate change. A key element is rules the Environmental Protection Agency <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/06/02/318266794/epa-lays-out-centerpiece-to-obamas-climate-change-policy">proposed in June</a>. They would cut greenhouse gas emissions — chiefly carbon dioxide — from existing power plants. The national goal is 30 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels.<p>Coal has much to lose under the rules. Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 27298 at http://wgbhnews.org Tensions Stir At EPA Hearings On New Emission Rules What's On Beat The Press Friday, Aug. 1 http://wgbhnews.org/post/whats-beat-press-friday-aug-1 <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/REzgHH45PF4?rel=0" width="600"></iframe></p><p>In an encore presentation of Beat the Press, panelists look at the perils of quoting first responders during breaking news.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Email us at&nbsp;</span><a href="mailto:GreaterBoston@WGBH.org" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">GreaterBoston@WGBH.org</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:00:01 +0000 WGBH News 27296 at http://wgbhnews.org Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' http://wgbhnews.org/post/most-california-reported-be-extreme-drought The latest <a href="http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?CA">Drought Monitor report</a> from U.S. agriculture and weather experts finds 58 percent of California in the worst of its four drought levels, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.<p>For our Newscast unit, Nathan Rott reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The U.S. Drought Monitor measures drought in five levels. The most benign is called Abnormally Dry. The worst is labeled Exceptional Drought. As of this week, roughly 58 percent of California is considered to be afflicted by that last category. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:07:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 27297 at http://wgbhnews.org Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought' MIT's David Rose Demonstrates The Enchantment Of Everyday Objects http://wgbhnews.org/post/mits-david-rose-demonstrates-enchantment-everyday-objects <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/H3eGqdOhQ44?rel=0" width="600"></iframe></p><p>Scientists tend to shun notions of the magical, but the latest innovations under development at the MIT Media Lab are being compared to the sorcery of the Harry Potter series.</p><p>Scientist and author <a href="http://tangible.media.mit.edu/person/david-rose/">David Rose</a> brought some of the "enchanted objects" that he's developed to the Greater Boston studio.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:47:33 +0000 WGBH News 27295 at http://wgbhnews.org Weekly Innovation: 3-D Printed Fashion For Your Feet http://wgbhnews.org/post/weekly-innovation-3-d-printed-fashion-your-feet <em>This post is part of our</em><em> </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a>,<em> in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:14:00 +0000 Allie Caren 27291 at http://wgbhnews.org Weekly Innovation: 3-D Printed Fashion For Your Feet As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel http://wgbhnews.org/post/ebola-surges-cdc-sends-aid-and-warns-against-travel For the second time this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has raised the travel alert for three West African countries, as the death toll in the Ebola outbreak increased at an alarming rate.<p>"The bottom line is that the multiple outbreaks in West Africa are worsening right now," CDC Director <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/about/cdcdirector/">Dr. Tom Frieden</a> told NPR on Thursday. "This is the biggest, most complex and the most difficult outbreak of Ebola that we've had to deal with."<p>In only four days, the total number of cases has risen by 122, or about 10 percent. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Linda Poon 27294 at http://wgbhnews.org As Ebola Surges, CDC Sends Aid And Warns Against Travel Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says http://wgbhnews.org/post/israel-and-hamas-agree-3-day-cease-fire-un-says A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.<p>The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:01:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 27292 at http://wgbhnews.org Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says Market Basket Workers Appear Calm In Face Of Job Threat http://wgbhnews.org/post/market-basket-workers-appear-calm-face-job-threat <p>The Attorneys General of Massachusetts and New Hampshire have sent a letter to Market Basket CEOs Felicia Thornton and James Gooch asking them to be mindful of labor laws as they take action in the coming days.<br /><br />The company responded with a statement saying they respect the Attorneys General position, and would follow all applicable laws. The statement said yet again that Market Basket does not want to fire employees. The company says its focused on getting back up and running.<br /> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:47:42 +0000 Rupa Shenoy 27290 at http://wgbhnews.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions http://wgbhnews.org/post/when-china-spurns-gmo-corn-imports-american-farmers-lose-billions For a while there, China was the American farmer's best friend. The world's most populous nation had so many pigs and chickens to feed, it became one of the <a href="http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2014-april/china-in-the-next-decade-rising-meat-demand-and-growing-imports-of-feed.aspx#.U9qutONdV8E">top importers</a> of U.S. corn and soybeans almost overnight.<p>China also developed a big appetite for another corn-derived animal feed called "dried distillers grains with solubles," or <a href="http://www.grains.org/buyingselling/ddgs">DDGS</a>, a byproduct of ethanol production. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 27293 at http://wgbhnews.org When China Spurns GMO Corn Imports, American Farmers Lose Billions At The Crossroads, Black Media And Community Journalism http://wgbhnews.org/post/crossroads-black-media-and-community-journalism <p>For the first time in its 39 year history that the National Association of Black Journalists is holding its annual convention in Boston. Thousands of journalists of color converged at the Hynes Convention Center this week to network, talk business, and discuss the future of black media.</p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:41:06 +0000 James Edwards 27289 at http://wgbhnews.org At The Crossroads, Black Media And Community Journalism Sierra Leone Declares Quarantine, As Ebola Outbreak Worsens http://wgbhnews.org/post/sierra-leone-declares-quarantine-ebola-outbreak-worsens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Sierra+Leone+Declares+Quarantine%2C+As+Ebola+Outbreak+Worsens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>There's been a surge of new cases in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More than 120 people have fallen ill in just three days. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 27288 at http://wgbhnews.org On Either Side Of Gaza, Leaders' Gain Support — But Blame Game Awaits http://wgbhnews.org/post/either-side-gaza-leaders-gain-support-blame-game-awaits Nearly a month into the war in Gaza, pollsters have been taking a look at how attitudes in the region have changed among Israelis and Palestinians. For more on the changes to public opinion, Ari Shapiro speaks with Camil Fuchs of Tel Aviv University and Khalil Shikaki of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:26:00 +0000 editor 27278 at http://wgbhnews.org Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? http://wgbhnews.org/post/should-we-return-nutrients-our-pee-back-farm Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?<p>A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.<p>Then they're pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in the pilot project (a quart or so, per person, daily) and eventually giving it to a farmer, who's putting it on her hay fields in place of synthetic fertilizer. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:21:00 +0000 editor 27277 at http://wgbhnews.org Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm? Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up http://wgbhnews.org/post/amid-smoking-decline-look-whos-still-lighting Robin Koval is making a career of her changed tobacco habit.<p>"I'm a child of a smoker — my father was a heavy smoker," Koval says. "Really typical to the way the story goes, I started smoking when I was 15."<p>Now she is president and CEO of Legacy, a foundation devoted to <a href="http://www.legacyforhealth.org/about">preventing tobacco use</a>.<p>Koval is working in a rapidly changing landscape. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 27279 at http://wgbhnews.org Amid Smoking Decline, Look Who's Still Lighting Up Star Witness Steps Up To The Stand In McDonnell's Corruption Trial http://wgbhnews.org/post/star-witness-steps-stand-mcdonnells-corruption-trial The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues to unfold in Richmond. The prosecution's feature witness, Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie Williams, testified Thursday against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Jeff Schapiro has helped in <a href="http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/virginia-politics/williams-on-rolex-i-shouldn-t-have-to-buy-things/article_b1488e4c-18b9-11e4-8252-001a4bcf6878.html">the <em>Richmond Times-Dispatch</em> coverage of the trial</a>, and he speaks with Ari Shapiro. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 editor 27287 at http://wgbhnews.org Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast http://wgbhnews.org/post/facing-mass-mailing-deadline-lawmakers-get-frank-fast Members of Congress face a deadline next Thursday — 90 days before the election — to put constituent newsletters in the mail. Carefully timing the mailings is just one fillip in the fine art of congressional communications, especially those that might suggest campaign messages.<p>"It's either a congressional perk that looks a lot like someone campaigning with tax dollars, or it's part of your constituent service responsibility," says Rep. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Peter Overby 27286 at http://wgbhnews.org Facing A Mass-Mailing Deadline, Lawmakers Get Frank Fast To Understand Putin's Policy, Dissect The Kremlin's Inner Circles http://wgbhnews.org/post/understand-putins-policy-dissect-kremlins-inner-circles <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=To+Understand+Putin%27s+Policy%2C+Dissect+The+Kremlin%27s+Inner+Circles&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Yesterday, the U.S. and the European Union announced new economic sanctions against Russia because of its involvement in Ukraine. And today, E.U. made its sanctions more specific - published a list of Russian banks and other institutions that it's targeting. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 27285 at http://wgbhnews.org Facing Conservative Opposition, House Republicans Nix Border Bill Vote http://wgbhnews.org/post/facing-conservative-opposition-house-republicans-nix-border-bill-vote <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Facing+Conservative+Opposition%2C+House+Republicans+Nix+Border+Bill+Vote&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjMzNDA2MDEyOTc4NzE1NzhiYWUyMA004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Ari Shapiro.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Audie Cornish 27284 at http://wgbhnews.org CIA Director Apologizes For Meddling In Senate Computers http://wgbhnews.org/post/cia-director-apologizes-meddling-senate-computers <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=CIA+Director+Apologizes+For+Meddling+In+Senate+Computers&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjIwNTkwMDEzMjI4NDY0MjY4ZTBlNA004)"/></div><p> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 David Welna 27283 at http://wgbhnews.org