Scott Neuman http://kacu.org en U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting http://kacu.org/post/us-embassy-compound-libya-shut-down-amid-fighting <em><strong>Updated at 9:05 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The U.S. has temporarily closed its embassy in Libya and evacuated diplomats amid what is being described as a significant deterioration in security, with rival militant factions battling in the capital, Tripoli.<p>"Due to the ongoing violence resulting from clashes between Libyan militias in the immediate vicinity of the U.S. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41242 at http://kacu.org U.S. Embassy Compound In Libya Shut Down Amid Fighting Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding http://kacu.org/post/temporary-cease-fire-gaza-appears-be-holding <em><strong>Update at 8:55 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports from Jerusalem this morning that a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/25/335405818/israel-and-hamas-reportedly-agree-to-12-hour-truce">12-hour humanitarian cease-fire</a> in Gaza that went into effect at 8 a.m. Israeli time (1 a.m. ET) looks to be holding.<p>Hundreds of Gaza residents were taking advantage of relative calm to stock up on supplies. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41233 at http://kacu.org Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza Appears To Be Holding Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors http://kacu.org/post/obama-us-central-america-share-responsibility-influx-minors President Obama met with the leaders of three Central American countries at the White House on Friday, telling them that they share responsibility with Washington for stemming an influx of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina and Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren discussed the growing humanitarian crisis with Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.<p>The Associated Press says Obama told the leaders he wants to stem the flow of children. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41226 at http://kacu.org Obama: U.S., Central America Share Responsibility For Influx Of Minors Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year http://kacu.org/post/pope-francis-visit-us-next-year Pope Francis has accepted an invitation to visit Philadelphia in September 2015, a trip that would mark his first to the U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:02:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41211 at http://kacu.org Pope Francis To Visit U.S. Next Year Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet http://kacu.org/post/indonesias-president-elect-crowdsources-his-cabinet Indonesia's president-elect is making good on a campaign promise to be a new kind of leader — starting with his Cabinet, which he's asking ordinary people to help him choose.<p>Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, was named president on Tuesday following July 9 polls, the results of which were contested by rival Prabowo Subianto. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41212 at http://kacu.org Indonesia's President-Elect Crowdsources His Cabinet Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage http://kacu.org/post/australia-sending-190-police-secure-mh17-wreckage <em><strong>Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET.</strong></em><p>The Netherlands and Australia — countries that lost large numbers of citizens in last week's downing of Flight MH17 — are planning to send police to eastern Ukraine to help secure the debris field there.<p>NPR's Corey Flintoff, reporting from the site of the downed Malaysian airliner in Donetsk, says Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is close to a deal that would allow dozens of police to guard the wreckage site. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41207 at http://kacu.org Australia Sending 190 Police To Secure MH17 Wreckage DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD http://kacu.org/post/doj-reaches-agreement-oversight-albuquerque-pd The mayor of Albuquerque has signed off on a framework of principles to submit the city's troubled police department to oversight by an independent monitor.<p>The deal, announced by the Justice Department, is aimed at addressing eight problem areas identified in a report last year by officials.<p>"This agreement marks an important step forward in addressing the unreasonable use of deadly force uncovered in our investigation into the Albuquerque Police Department," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41183 at http://kacu.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops http://kacu.org/post/us-russia-based-artillery-targeting-ukrainian-troops The U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41169 at http://kacu.org U.S.: Russia-Based Artillery Targeting Ukrainian Troops Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada http://kacu.org/post/zoo-argentina-says-sad-bear-too-old-go-canada Despite a public outcry that resulted in more than a half-million petition signatures and a personal appeal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Arturo, Argentina's "sad bear," has been deemed too old to migrate to Canada.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332775413/200-000-sign-petition-to-move-sad-bear-to-better-life-in-canada">As we reported on Saturday</a>, Arturo the polar bear, dubbed the "world's saddest animal," lost his enclosure mate two years ago and appears to have fallen into a deep depression. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41168 at http://kacu.org Zoo In Argentina Says 'Sad Bear' Too Old To Go To Canada U.S. Database Glitch Delays Passport, Visa Processing http://kacu.org/post/us-database-glitch-delays-passport-visa-processing The U.S. State Department's global database for processing visas and passports is experiencing problems that could cause delays for millions of people around the world who are awaiting travel documents.<p>The Associated Press writes:<p><blockquote><p>"Unspecified glitches in the department's Consular Consolidated Database have resulted in 'significant performance issues, including outages' in the processing of applications for passports, visas and reports of Americans born abroad since Saturday, spokeswoman Marie Harf said. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41164 at http://kacu.org 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School http://kacu.org/post/israeli-artillery-hits-un-run-school-gaza <strong><em>Updated at 7:59 p.m. ET.</em></strong><p>A United Nations-run school sheltering civilians in Gaza came under attack Thursday, the U.N. says. More than a dozen people have been killed, according to Palestinian officials.<p>Reuters quotes Chris Gunness, a spokesman for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, the main U.N. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:44:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41161 at http://kacu.org 'This Is Wrong': U.N. Secretary General Condemns Attack On Gaza School Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President http://kacu.org/post/iraq-elects-kurdish-politician-ceremonial-post-president Kurdish politician Fouad Massoum has been elected president of Iraq by the country's parliament, another step in forming a new government after months of deadlock.<p>As Leila Fadel reports from Irbil in Iraq's northern Kurdistan region, "Massoum took his oath vowing to protect the constitution and the unity of Iraq. He made the promise as Iraq threatens to splinter into three pieces."<p>The vote for the largely ceremonial post of president was delayed for a day after the Kurdish bloc of legislators asked for more time to make their pick. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 41159 at http://kacu.org Iraq Elects Kurdish Politician To Ceremonial Post Of President Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality http://kacu.org/post/rubio-small-government-can-help-fix-economic-inequality <a href="http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/">Sen. Marco Rubio</a>, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, is concerned about issues of access to affordable education, availability of job training and prospects for economic mobility. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:27:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 40990 at http://kacu.org Rubio: Small Government Can Help Fix Economic Inequality 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' http://kacu.org/post/45-years-ago-armstrong-took-his-one-small-step Forty-five years ago today, in arguably the greatest technological feat of the 20th Century, two Americans stepped off the ladder of their small landing craft and walked on the surface of the moon.<p>The first of them, Neil Armstrong, 38, of Wapakoneta, Ohio, pronounced his accomplishment "one small step for [a] man; one giant leap for mankind." The second, 39-year-old New Jersey native Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., described what he saw as "magnificent desolation."<p>As the pair bounded across the lunar landscape, planting an American flag, setting up experiments, and collecting soil and rocks, a Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 40983 at http://kacu.org 45 Years Ago, Armstrong Took His 'One Small Step' R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict http://kacu.org/post/rj-reynolds-vows-appeal-23-billion-cancer-death-verdict R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., the nation's second-largest cigarette maker, is vowing to fight a verdict of $23.6 billion in punitive damages to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer.<p>Calling the massive award "grossly excessive and impermissible under state and constitutional law," the tobacco company's CEO, J. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:21:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 40973 at http://kacu.org R.J. Reynolds Vows Appeal Of $23 Billion Cancer-Death Verdict