WUTC http://wutc.org en Taliban In Pakistan Derails World Polio Eradication http://wutc.org/post/taliban-pakistan-derails-world-polio-eradication Last January Salma Jaffar was shot while she was going door to door in Karachi, giving children drops of the polio vaccine.<p>"Even when they took out the pistol, I couldn't understand why he was taking out the gun," Jaffar says of the two men who pulled up on a motorcycle and started shooting at the vaccination team.<p>"But when he opened fire, that is when I thought it was the end of the life," she says. "My first thought was that I won't be able to see my children again."<p>Jaffar was shot four times: twice in her arm and twice in her chest. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jason Beaubien 40857 at http://wutc.org Taliban In Pakistan Derails World Polio Eradication International Court Rules Against Russia In $50 Billion Decision http://wutc.org/post/international-court-rules-against-russia-50-billion-decision Russia says it will appeal an unfavorable decision by a court in The Hague. The Permanent Court of Arbitration awarded $50 billion to shareholders of the defunct Yukos oil company. Russia seized the company in 2003 and put owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky in jail on tax and fraud charges. <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=International+Court+Rules+Against+Russia+In+%2450+Billion+Decision&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjkzMDc0MDEyOTc4NzE1ODczNDdhMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 40853 at http://wutc.org This Albino Redwood Tree Isn't Dead — But It Came Close http://wutc.org/post/albino-redwood-tree-isnt-dead-it-came-close <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=This+Albino+Redwood+Tree+Isn%27t+Dead+%E2%80%94+But+It+Came+Close&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjQ0NDk1MDEzMjMxODc4NjkyZGE3Mw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 40862 at http://wutc.org 'Like' Something? Social Networks Would Like You To Buy It Too, Please http://wutc.org/post/something-social-networks-would-you-buy-it-too-please <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=%27Like%27+Something%3F+Social+Networks+Would+Like+You+To+Buy+It+Too%2C+Please&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4NjQ0NDk1MDEzMjMxODc4NjkyZGE3Mw004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 editor 40861 at http://wutc.org Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York http://wutc.org/post/teacher-tenure-challenge-spreads-california-new-york Why are so many low-income and minority kids getting a second-class education in the U.S.?<p>That question is now at the center of the heated debate over teacher tenure. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Anya Kamenetz & Beth Fertig 40858 at http://wutc.org Teacher Tenure Challenge Spreads From California To New York Teacher Tenure Fight Spills Into N.Y., Where A New Lawsuit Brews http://wutc.org/post/teacher-tenure-fight-spills-ny-where-new-lawsuit-brews <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=Teacher+Tenure+Fight+Spills+Into+N.Y.%2C+Where+A+New+Lawsuit+Brews&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjkzMDc0MDEyOTc4NzE1ODczNDdhMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Beth Fertig 40856 at http://wutc.org A Deal Between 'Dollar' Stores Raises The Stakes Against Wal-Mart http://wutc.org/post/deal-between-dollar-stores-raises-stakes-against-wal-mart <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=A+Deal+Between+%27Dollar%27+Stores+Raises+The+Stakes+Against+Wal-Mart&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjkzMDc0MDEyOTc4NzE1ODczNDdhMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Sonari Glinton 40854 at http://wutc.org An Uneasy End To Ramadan In Gaza, Where Fighting Intensifies Once More http://wutc.org/post/uneasy-end-ramadan-gaza-where-fighting-intensifies-once-more <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=An+Uneasy+End+To+Ramadan+In+Gaza%2C+Where+Fighting+Intensifies+Once+More&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMjkzMDc0MDEyOTc4NzE1ODczNDdhMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 40855 at http://wutc.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban http://wutc.org/post/another-appeals-court-tosses-same-sex-marriage-ban For the second time this summer, a federal appellate court has voted to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage.<p>A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a district court judge's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276807609/virginias-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-ruled-unconstitutional" target="_blank">decision</a> that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.<p>"We do not dispute that states have refused to permit same-sex marriages for most of our country's history. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 40860 at http://wutc.org Another Appeals Court Tosses Same-Sex-Marriage Ban Medicare Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed http://wutc.org/post/medicare-costs-stabilize-its-problems-are-far-fixed Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which finances about half of the health program for seniors and the disabled, won't run out of money until 2030, the program's trustees said Monday. That's four years later than projected last year, and 13 years later than projected the year before the passage of the Affordable Care Act.<p>But that's not the case for the part of Social Security that pays for people getting disability benefits. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:43:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 40859 at http://wutc.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' http://wutc.org/post/star-trek-lgbt-spokesman-what-it-takes-be-takei Many fans know George Takei from his role as Mr. Sulu on the 1960s show <em>Star Trek</em>. But in the past decade, he has drawn followers who admire him because of who he is — not just who he has played. Now, the new documentary <a href="http://tobetakei.com/">To Be Takei</a> may interest more people in Takei's life.<p>Takei's personal story offers insights into a couple of key chapters of American political and cultural history.<p>After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, Takei and his family were among the 127,000 Americans of Japanese descent forced into internment camps. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:55:00 +0000 editor 40851 at http://wutc.org From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei' Jenny Lewis' 'The Voyager' Is An Album To Spend Time With http://wutc.org/post/jenny-lewis-voyager-album-spend-time <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=Jenny+Lewis%27+%27The+Voyager%27+Is+An+Album+To+Spend+Time+With&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODQ3NzExMDEyMTczNzkxNDU5MmE1Yg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Ken Tucker 40852 at http://wutc.org Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies http://wutc.org/post/margot-adler-npr-journalist-three-decades-dies Margot Adler, one of the signature voices on NPR's airwaves for more than three decades, died Monday at her home in New York City. She was 68 and had been battling cancer.<p>Margot joined the NPR staff as a general assignment reporter in 1979. She went on to cover everything from the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic to confrontations involving the Ku Klux Klan in Greensboro, N.C., to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.<p>"Her reporting was singular and her voice distinct," Margaret Low Smith, NPR's vice president for news, said in an announcement to staff. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 editor 40850 at http://wutc.org Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties http://wutc.org/post/fast-food-scandal-revives-chinas-food-safety-anxieties A U.S. company that supplies meat to some of the world's largest fast food chains in China has pulled all its products made by a Chinese subsidiary, after reports that it was selling expired products.<p>The food safety scandal that erupted in China in the last week has also spread overseas, affecting chain restaurants in Japan and Hong Kong and prompted calls for tighter food safety regulation in China.<p>The privately held OSI is headquartered in Aurora, Ill., and claims 50 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:27:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 40849 at http://wutc.org Fast-Food Scandal Revives China's Food Safety Anxieties FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines http://wutc.org/post/faa-seeks-12-million-fine-against-southwest-airlines The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that it intends to fine Southwest Airlines $12 million for flying Boeing 737 airplanes without making proper repairs.<p>Beginning in 2006, Southwest began "extreme makeover" alterations to address cracking of aluminum skin on 44 jetliners, the FAA said in a <a href="http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releases/news_story.cfm?newsId=16754" target="_blank">news release</a>.<p>The agency's investigation found that Aviation Technical Services Inc., a Southwest contractor, failed to follow proper procedures during repairs. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 40848 at http://wutc.org FAA Seeks $12 Million Fine Against Southwest Airlines