Bill Chappell http://blog.wlrn.org en Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours http://blog.wlrn.org/post/arizona-execution-inmate-takes-nearly-two-hours Another U.S. execution has gone awry, as Arizona officials who were attempting to put inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood to death today instead watched him gasp and snort for more than an hour after the mix of lethal injection drugs was administered, Wood's attorney says.<p>Nearly two hours after the execution began at 1:52 p.m. local time Wednesday, Wood was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m.<p>"Joe Wood is dead, but it took him two hours to die," said Troy Hayden of KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, who served as a witness. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36061 at http://blog.wlrn.org Arizona Execution Of Inmate Takes Nearly 2 Hours Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate http://blog.wlrn.org/post/campaign-finance-transparency-bill-gets-chilly-reception-senate A bill that would require transparency by nonprofit groups related to federal elections met with united opposition from Republicans Wednesday, at the first Senate hearing on what its supporters call the Disclose Act.<p>The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36060 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State http://blog.wlrn.org/post/obama-declares-emergency-huge-fires-burn-washington-state Fires are still raging in Washington state, where officials hope rain might help them contain the large fires — but there's also a chance that heavy rainfall could trigger flooding and mudslides.<p>Fire crews have been battling several major fires in central and eastern Washington for the past two weeks. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36056 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama Declares Emergency As Huge Fires Burn In Washington State GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36032 at http://blog.wlrn.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors http://blog.wlrn.org/post/plane-crash-taiwan-kills-dozens-leaving-some-survivors A domestic flight in Taiwan that was attempting to land in bad weather brought on by <a href="http://www.weather.com/news/weather-hurricanes/typhoon-matmo-taiwan-china-recap-20140723" target="_blank">a strong typhoon Wednesday night</a> crashed near the runway, killing as many as 47 of the 58 people aboard, according to multiple media outlets.<p>About a dozen survivors have reportedly been taken to local hospitals; the plane reportedly had 54 passengers and a crew of four.<p>From Kuala Lumpur, NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The Transasia Airways turboprop plane took off from the Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 36035 at http://blog.wlrn.org Plane Crash In Taiwan Kills Dozens, Leaving Some Survivors Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart http://blog.wlrn.org/post/flight-mh17-us-builds-its-case-plane-wreckage-reportedly-cut-apart American analysts say they've verified several pieces of evidence that show pro-Russian separatist rebels shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, according to U.S. intelligence officials who briefed reporters Tuesday.<p>Here's a quick rundown of the officials' updates on what U.S. investigators have found, from notes taken by NPR's Pentagon reporter Tom Bowman:<p><ul><p><li>A U.S. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:57:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35991 at http://blog.wlrn.org Flight MH17: U.S. Builds Its Case; Plane Wreckage Reportedly Cut Apart 9/11 Commission Issues An Update On Anniversary Of Report http://blog.wlrn.org/post/911-commission-issues-update-anniversary-report Ten years after its landmark report on terrorism, the 9/11 Commission has released an update in which it notes continued problems. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35975 at http://blog.wlrn.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape http://blog.wlrn.org/post/montana-judge-publicly-censured-over-30-day-sentence-rape Less than a year after his lenient jail sentence for an admitted rapist stirred outrage, a Montana judge was publicly reprimanded today. In giving a former high school teacher <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/26/226450112/montana-rapist-being-freed-after-30-day-sentence">only a 30-day jail sentence</a>, District Judge G. Todd Baugh said the man's victim, a student, seemed older than her age, 14.<p>The case drew national attention last fall. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35964 at http://blog.wlrn.org Montana Judge Is Publicly Censured Over 30-Day Sentence For Rape Hospital Settles Lawsuit By Thousands Of Women Over Exam Photos http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hospital-settles-lawsuit-thousands-women-over-exam-photos The Johns Hopkins Health System will pay $190 million to former patients of a gynecologist who used a small camera to secretly film examinations, in one of the the largest sexual misconduct settlements involving a physician.<p>The Baltimore-based hospital is settling a class-action lawsuit that includes more than 7,000 women and at least 62 minors; more women will likely register with the suit.<p>From member station WYPR, Christopher Connelly reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Dr. Nikita Levy saw more than 12,000 patients over the decades he spent working at Hopkins. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35922 at http://blog.wlrn.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry http://blog.wlrn.org/post/flight-mh17-un-calls-inquiry-and-access-victims-bodies-handed-over <strong>This post was last updated at 7:10 p.m. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35915 at http://blog.wlrn.org Flight MH17: Black Boxes And Bodies Handed Over; U.N. Calls For Inquiry Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Friend Convicted For Impeding Bombing Inquiry http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dzhokhar-tsarnaevs-friend-found-guilty-impeding-inquiry Azamat Tazhayakov, a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who police say impeded their investigation of the 2013 attack, has been convicted on some of the charges against him and found not guilty of others.<p>Tazhayakov was found guilty of obstructing justice and conspiracy. A 12-member jury says that along with another friend, Tazhayakov conspired to remove a backpack from Tsarnaev's dorm room that could have provided evidence in the case, shortly after police had broadcast photos of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his brother, Tamerlan, as suspects in the deadly bombing. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35898 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine http://blog.wlrn.org/post/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-plane-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 09:51:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35767 at http://blog.wlrn.org Obama: Evidence MH17 Hit By Missile From Rebel-Held Area Of Ukraine Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died http://blog.wlrn.org/post/actress-and-singer-elaine-stritch-has-died <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=virv-1o2KjE</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:34:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35723 at http://blog.wlrn.org Actress And Singer Elaine Stritch Has Died U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down http://blog.wlrn.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 15:56:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35712 at http://blog.wlrn.org U.S. Officials: Malaysian Airliner Likely Shot Down California Bank Robbery Ends In Violent And Deadly Car Chase http://blog.wlrn.org/post/bank-robbery-ends-violent-and-deadly-car-chase A bank robbery in California ended in a running gunbattle between police and three armed men in an hourlong car chase. The suspects had taken three hostages with them after fleeing the bank in the city of Stockton. Two of the suspects died, along with one hostage.<p>The chase didn't end until police succeeded in shooting out the tires on the vehicle the men were in. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 35705 at http://blog.wlrn.org