Scott Neuman http://wamc.org en Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount http://wamc.org/post/afghan-presidential-candidates-agree-full-recount Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have agreed to a full recount of ballots cast last month, in a deal brokered by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that's aimed at resolving a potentially damaging political deadlock.<p>The 100 percent recount is set to begin within 24 hours, and a presidential inauguration, which had been scheduled for Aug. 2, will be postponed, Kerry told a joint news conference with the two candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, according to Reuters.<p>Kerry said it would be the "largest, most comprehensive audit" of the ballots possible. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 19:20:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94726 at http://wamc.org Afghan Presidential Candidates Agree To Full Recount Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash http://wamc.org/post/tracy-morgan-sues-wal-mart-over-truck-limousine-crash Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was seriously hurt last month when <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/07/319717577/actor-tracy-morgan-injured-in-a-car-accident-in-new-jersey">his limousine was hit by a Wal-Mart truck</a> going 20 mph over the speed limit, is suing the retail giant for negligence.<p>The complaint, filed Thursday in U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:43:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94724 at http://wamc.org Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Truck-Limousine Crash CDC Closes Two Labs After Anthrax, Flu Scares http://wamc.org/post/cdc-closes-two-labs-after-anthrax-flu-scares Citing an anthrax scare and other safety concerns, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily shut down two of its laboratories.<p>The announcement on Friday follows incidents in the past month that involved the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/20/324077444/cdc-says-more-workers-potentially-exposed-to-live-anthrax">possible exposure of dozens of lab workers to anthrax at facilities in Atlanta. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:03:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94723 at http://wamc.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad http://wamc.org/post/iraq-airlifting-volunteer-reinforcements-ramadi <strong>This post was updated at 5:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Iraqi police say 33 people, including 20 or more women, were gunned down in apartment buildings in eastern Baghdad.<p>The Associated Press quotes police as saying "the gunmen showed up in four-wheel drive vehicles and stormed the buildings in the Zayounah neighborhood in eastern Baghdad."<p>"When we walked up the stairs, we saw a couple of women's bodies and blood streaming down the stairs," an unidentified police officer told Reuters. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94722 at http://wamc.org 33 People, Mostly Women, Gunned Down In Baghdad Utah Seeks To Block Benefits To Married Same-Sex Couples http://wamc.org/post/utah-seeks-block-benefits-married-same-sex-couples Utah's attorney general says he will appeal to the U.S. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94719 at http://wamc.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 http://wamc.org/post/tommy-ramone-last-original-member-ramones-dies-62 Drummer Tommy Ramone, born Tom Erdelyi, the last of the founding members of the seminal 1970s punk band <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/04/03/135087738/the-ramones-live-26-songs-in-54-minutes">The Ramones</a>, has died. He was 65.<p>An announcement on the band's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/theramones?fref=ts">Facebook page</a> said Ramone died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:32:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94711 at http://wamc.org Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65 Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza http://wamc.org/post/death-toll-rises-120-israeli-airstrikes-gaza <strong>This post updated at 5:00 p.m. ET.</strong><p>At least 145 people have been killed and more than 1,000 wounded since Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip began five days ago, according to Palestinian officials. The offensive has come amid a barrage of Hamas rocket fire directed at Israel. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports that Israeli tanks and reserve troops are poised for a possible ground invasion.<p>Hamas issued a warning that it would target Tel Aviv at 9 p.m. Saturday night and rockets were fired from Gaza right about that time, NPR's Emily Harris says. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94715 at http://wamc.org Death Toll At 135 In Israeli Airstrikes On Gaza Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 http://wamc.org/post/newspaper-editor-activist-john-seigenthaler-dies-86 John Seigenthaler, the legendary journalist who edited <em>The Tennessean,</em> was instrumental in shaping the editorial page of <em>USA Today</em> and worked as an assistant to Robert Kennedy, has died at 86.<p>A statement from his son, broadcast journalist John Seigenthaler Jr., said his father died "peacefully at home," where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment.<p>NPR's David Folkenflik says Seigenthaler was known as a crusader against corruption and for civil rights.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/07/11/john-seigenthaler-tennessean-editor-dies/125 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:58:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94682 at http://wamc.org Newspaper Editor, Activist John Seigenthaler Dies At 86 WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School http://wamc.org/post/watch-giant-undulating-anchovy-school <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvxIdkhsoqU</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:35:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94661 at http://wamc.org WATCH: Giant Undulating Anchovy School Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll http://wamc.org/post/kerry-pushes-audit-disputed-afghan-presidential-poll <strong>This post updated at 3:15 p.m. ET.</strong><p>Calling it a "critical moment" in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is pushing for a partial recount in the country's presidential elections amid alleged vote fraud.<p>"We are in a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan," Kerry told reporters. "Legitimacy hangs in the balance. The future potential of the transition hangs in the balance. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 94628 at http://wamc.org Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll